Flag to be raised ahead of Armed Forces Day

Published Friday, 16th June 2017

The Lord Mayor and Civic Party will be joined by Garrison Commander, Lieutenant Colonel C J Lewin MBE on Monday 19 June to raise the Armed Forces flag on Station Rise.

The flag raising will be followed by speeches about York’s commitment to the armed forces from both the Lord Mayor and the Garrison Commander.

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Barbra Boyce, said: “York has a long running history with the armed forces and I look forward to helping to strengthen these links and meeting past and present service men and women.”

The flag will fly throughout the week ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June. This will see some of the country’s finest military bands performing alongside displays of military vehicles on Parliament Street when people are invited to celebrate the UK armed forces.

Armed Forces Day gives people the chance to learn more about the Armed Forces community, which includes reservists, cadets and service families.  The armed forces have strong links with York as the city is steeped in military history with it being a garrison town since AD71.

A host of family-friendly, free events and entertainment will be staged in Parliament Street from 11am to 4pm. This includes performances from Band Of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the Military Wives Choir and the Air Cadet Band.

A group of dance students from colleges and schools across the city will also perform a dance piece along the theme of what it is to be close and stay close. This follows on from workshops in primary schools throughout the city looking at the theme of being close as armed forces families can often be separated for long periods of time.

For more info about Armed Forces Day visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk/event/york-armed-forces-day-2017

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