Date Published: 22 June 2020
Armed Forces Day continues to be marked in North Kesteven, albeit in a scaled down way.
While the usual veterans’ celebration and presentation of Veterans Badges has unfortunately had to be cancelled because of the ongoing situation and the need for social distancing, the traditional flag raising ceremony continued in a much-reduced format.
At 10.30am on Monday, June 22, marking the beginning of the week that culminates in Armed Forces Day on Saturday, Chairman of North Kesteven District Council Cllr Susan Waring was joined by Council Leader, Cllr Richard Wright, RAF College Cranwell Station Warrant Officer and the Rev Philip Johnson to bless and hoist the flag on the Council flagstaff.
With six people present, this was carried out in full compliance of social distancing requirements.
Cllr Wright, an RAF veteran himself, said that despite the ongoing situation responding to coronavirus and community need in respect of it, it was wholly appropriate that the contributions of the Armed Forces past, present and future was not overlooked at this time.
“As with all public services, our ever-reliable Armed Forces have proved themselves to be a secret weapon in the national response to the pandemic, as they are whenever they are called on in support of any emergency relief.
"This situation serves as a timely reminder of the broader benefits they bring to our daily lives here in North Kesteven and further afield, as they turn their skill and energies to support our health services and what is referred to as civil society.”
The distinctive flag will continue to fly all week.
Although the planned presentation of badges is on hold, would-be recipients can still apply for the recognition of their service.
Badges are available to anyone of any age who has served for any duration in the army, navy, air force or merchant navy; as regular, reservist or on National Service. To apply to have a badge presented whenever we are able, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01529 414155.
The annual children’s design competition to draw up a poster to help with the promotion of the Armed Forces Day events has also been impacted. Whilst the number on entries was diminished, a winner was chosen with a view to it being used. See too the design challenge in the recent NewsNK activity pages sent to District households.
Why not draw your own design representing Armed Forces Day and the VE75 theme for display at home to show your support? Make sure to tag us @northkestevendc in any social media post!