Role of the armed forces marked by the county council with annual event

An annual event to celebrate the role of the military took place in Oxford on Monday 21 June 2021, looking ahead to national Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 26 June.

Armed Forces Day is a chance for people, communities and organisations across the country show their support for the armed forces community – from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

The celebrations begin today, when the armed forces flag is raised on buildings and landmarks around the country.

Oxfordshire County Council’s flag raising event was overseen by the Chair of the council, Councillor John Howson, in the square in front of Oxford Castle.

The event involved a small parade by representatives of the armed forces community in Oxfordshire and a ceremony to raise the armed forces flag. Senior military representatives from Oxfordshire attended, as did the high sheriff and vice lord lieutenant.

As with all events the latest rules and guidance on COVID-19 were carefully observed.

As signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant – a promise by the nation to ensure that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly – Oxfordshire County Council is proud of its strong and supportive relationship with the local armed forces community.

More information on work the council does to support the forces is available on its website.

Meanwhile more information is available about Armed Forces Day on the national website.