Flying the flag for the armed forces

PUBLISHED: 18:15 22 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:03 11 May 2010

Minden Band

Minden Band

FLAGS were flying in Crow Country this morning to mark Armed Forces Day. The day gives the nation the chance to show their support for the armed forces community, and remember those who have fallen in the past. In Royston, Cllr Rod Kennedy, the town may

FLAGS were flying in Crow Country this morning to mark Armed Forces Day.

The day gives the nation the chance to show their support for the armed forces community, and remember those who have fallen in the past.

In Royston, Cllr Rod Kennedy, the town mayor, hoisted the flag outside the town hall. In attendance were Ron Smith, a veteran who served during the second world war, together with current service men and women.

Meanwhile, soldiers from Bassingbourn Barracks serenaded attendees at a flag raising in Cambridge.

The Minden Band of the Queen's Division, who are based at Bassingbourn Barracks, opened the proceedings and were accompanied by veterans from the Royal British Legion, who brought the County Standard.

Bassingbourn county councillor, Cllr Linda Oliver, was on hand to help county council chairman, Cllr Tony Orgee, raise the flag.

Cllr Orgee said: "I am delighted at the way the whole country has come together to recognise the armed forces and the work they do. The flag-raising at Shire Hall combined ceremony, celebration and dignity, but more importantly will contribute to a wider understanding of the armed forces and the crucial role they play in our national life."

East of England Minister Barbara Follett MP was also present, and was joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Hugh Duberly, for the event at Shire Hall, Cambridge.

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