Flag raised in honour of service men and women in Hailsham

Flag raised in Hailsham
Flag raised in Hailsham

A commemorative flag was raised in Hailsham in honour of Britain’s service men and women on Monday (June 23).

Hailsham Town Mayor, Cllr Jo Bentley, and the Royal British Legion Hailsham Branch chairman raised the commemorative flag on behalf of the people of Hailsham.

The special event, marking the contribution made to the country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, was held at Hailsham War Memorial at which town councillors, residents and representatives from both the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Forces Association attended.

The especially-commissioned flag will take pride of place until after British Armed Forces Day which takes place on Saturday (June 28).

Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley said she was pleased the town was showing its support by flying the flag in Hailsham.

She said: “This flag-raising ceremony is a great opportunity for us all to honour our armed forces and appreciate the outstanding contribution they make to this country.

“Today marks the start of a week of celebrations recognising the bravery and dedication of Army, Navy and Royal Air Force personnel.

“I am pleased to show support for our armed service personnel by flying the flag for them on behalf of the people of Hailsham.

“Our servicemen and women put their lives at risk on a daily basis to serve Queen and country, so the service held today is just a small way of saying thank you to them.”

A special service to mark Armed Forces Day itself will be held at the War Memorial on Sunday [June 29] at 10.45am, which will be attended by representatives from the Royal British Legion, Royal Air Forces Association and local cadet groups.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information on the Armed Forces Week celebrations taking place around the country, and information on how you can take part, visit the website at www.armedforcesday.org.uk