Oxfordshire people invited to show support for Armed Forces

The flag will be raised at 11am, and members of the public are invited to arrive at 10:45am. There will be photo opportunities for the media during this period.

The event will bring together senior representatives of the Armed Forces community in Oxfordshire from Oxford University Officers’ Training Corps, RAF Brize Norton, RAF Benson, Bicester Garrison, Abingdon Station, 7 Rifles, the Defence Academy, the Royal Navy, the Royal British Legion, and cadets from across the county.

Local dignitaries will include Councillor John Sanders, Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council, John Harwood DL, Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Tom Birch Reynardson, High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, Councillor Colin Cook, Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford, and local mayors and councillors.

Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually to raise awareness of the contribution made to the country by those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces.

It is also an opportunity for the nation to show its support for the whole of the Armed Forces community, from serving personnel to Service families, veterans and cadets. Across the country people are getting involved: communities hold local events and business show their support.

Respect and gratitude

County Council Chairman Councillor John Sanders said: “Oxfordshire is a county that for centuries has had incredibly strong connections to the armed forces.

“It is right that the nation should recognise on an annual basis the part that the forces play in our day to day lives as well as in protecting the country.

“I look forward to welcoming the many and various representatives of the armed forces to Oxford Castle on Monday, June 22 and I hope members of the public will join us to express their respect and gratitude.”