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Flag flies to honour armed forces community

Armed Forces Day recognises the country's service men and women

Armed Forces flag raising 2019

East Renfrewshire Council joined local authorities across the country to host a flag raising ceremony to mark Armed Forces Day on Monday 24 June.

Provost Jim Fletcher joined Lord-Lieutenant Colonel McCarthy at the council headquarters in Giffnock to raise the flag and pay tribute to the men and women of the armed forces community.

Guests including serving military personnel, veterans, elected members and members of the local community were welcomed by Provost Fletcher, with Pipe Major Iain Grant, from 3rd Barrhead and District Pipe Band providing a fitting backdrop.

This annual flag flying ceremony allows the public to honour the contribution of the armed forces and recognise dedicated servicemen and women and their families, veterans and the cadet forces.

"It was a real privilege to raise the flag and commemorate Armed Forces Day again this year. This national celebration gives us all the opportunity to express our enduring gratitude to and pride in the men and women of our armed forces. It is important that the contribution of our armed forces is never forgotten - I would like to thank each and every one of our service personnel for their continued bravery and efforts." Provost Jim Fletcher

"I am honoured to be here today to mark Armed Forces Day and show support and recognition to our military personnel, past and present, on behalf of all of East Renfrewshire. It is important to be able to show our appreciation to the armed forces community for their outstanding contribution to our country and heroism year on year." Lord-Lieutenant Colonel McCarthy

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