A ceremony took place at the front of Penrith Town Hall on Armed Forces Day (Saturday 29 June 2019) as part of a countrywide programme of events to celebrate and recognise HM Armed Forces – past, present and future.
Eden District Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor John Thompson welcomed over 40 people to the ceremony including representatives of the Penrith and District Branch of The Royal British Legion, 1247 Penrith Squadron Air Training Corps and members of the ex-service community.
Councillor Virginia Taylor, Leader of Eden District Council read the famous war poem; ‘For the Fallen’ by Robert Laurence Binyon and Peter McCall, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner highlighted the importance of recognising and celebrating those who are serving and have served in HM Armed Forces. Reverend Keith Speck concluded the ceremony with a prayer.
“We are always delighted to proudly fly the flag to celebrate Armed Forces Day, which symbolises the contribution the Armed Forces have and continue to make to our country. We are pleased that members of the ex-service community who have proudly served in HM Armed Forces joined us to mark the occasion,” said Councillor John Thompson. He added “ I am particularly pleased that Cadets from the Penrith Squadron Air Training Corps were present at the ceremony too”.
Armed Forces Day is an annual event, providing the nation with a dedicated day where people can come together to show their appreciation and support for HM Armed Forces.
For more information about Armed Forces Day visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk