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Armed Forces Week 2020

Armed Forces Day 2020

The Monday of this week usually marks the start of week-long gatherings and celebrations around the Country as part of Armed Forces Week, in honour of Servicemen and Woman both past and present. The events are a celebration and recognition of the contribution and sacrifices made by all members of our armed forces, the Merchant Navy and their families in serving their Country. This year they will culminate on Saturday 27th June with the twelfth annual Armed Forces Day and the first to be marked virtually.

In Torridge celebrations would usually entail a procession from Bideford Quay, led by The Bideford Town Band, and in previous years included veterans, serving representatives from various branches of the Armed Forces, cadets, members of the Scouting Association, youth and sports groups. However due to the ongoing movement restrictions the ceremony was paired back to a flag raising and address by the Chair of Torridge District Council - Councillor David Brenton.

Councillor David Brenton said:

"Although we could not gather together as usual for events this year it's important that we find our own way to continue to show our support and appreciation for the men and women that serve in our armed forces and their families and friends that give them incredible support. While people will be able to follow events online this year they could also just take a moment either privately or with family members to reflect and remember. The Armed Forces flag will remain in place all week at Riverbank House as the Councils own tribute."

Nationally the week leading up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27th June will feature themed days:

Monday 22 June: Global Armed Forces
Tuesday 23 June: Innovation
Wednesday 24 June: Reserves Day
Thursday 25 June: Veterans
Friday 26 June: Cadets
Saturday 27 June: Armed Forces Day

The public can show their support by joining a virtual event listed on the Armed Forces Day website via this link https://bit.ly/2XJhZQv

Picture shows L-R - Steve Hearse Interim Head of Paid Service, Chair Councillor David Brenton, Bideford Mayor and TDC Councillor Peter Christie, Leader Councillor Ken James, Officer Adrian Blight holding flag.

June 2020