22 June 2009>
People across the Caerphilly county borough are getting ready to celebrate and recognise HM Armed Forces – past, present and future – as part of Britain's first ever Armed Forces Day on 27th June 2009.
A whole host of events has been planned around the country for the day itself and the weeks leading up to it. Caerphilly county borough council is holding a special 'Fly the Flag' ceremony today (Monday 22nd June) at its Penallta House HQ in Ystrad Mynach. The Mayor, Cllr John Evans, will join staff, councillors and the wider community to help fly a special flag to mark the occasion.
At the same time, hundreds of communities across the UK will simultaneously raise the Armed Forces Day flag, to show their support for our Armed Forces community, and to kick off a week of events and celebrations.
Then, on Friday 26th June a special Armed Forces Day Service will take place at 10:45am at the War Memorial in Caerphilly Town Centre (at the front of the castle).
Speaking at the launch of Armed Forces Day in January, Kevan Jones, Under Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans, said, "Our Armed Forces and veterans rightly deserve the nation's support and recognition. They, and their families, have made and continue to make huge personal sacrifices to ensure the interests of our country are defended, and this day is our chance to say 'thank you'."
Armed Forces Day will be held annually on 27th June, providing the nation with a dedicated day where people can come together to show their appreciation and support of the Armed Forces.
For more information on the celebrations taking place, and on how you can take part, visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk.
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