West Norfolk shows its support for military personnel

Raising of Armed Forces Day flag at Tower Gardens, Lynn ANL-160620-114145009
Raising of Armed Forces Day flag at Tower Gardens, Lynn ANL-160620-114145009

West Norfolk showed support for military personnel as the Armed Forces Day flag was raised at a service in Tower Gardens yesterday.

The crowd, which included veterans and members of the armed forces, looked on as borough mayor Cllr David Whitby raised the British Armed Forces Day Flag during the service.

He said: “I am honoured to observe British Armed Forces Day in this way as a mark of deep respect for our serving personnel and veterans.”

He added: “This year will be particularly poignant as the event is just days away from the 100th anniversary of the infamous Battle of The Somme, which began on July 1, 1916.

“It was one of the bloodiest battles for all sides in history and is a stark reminder of the sacrifices that have been made and are still being made as we hoist this flag.”

Also among the onlookers were members of Lynn’s Royal British Legion, which works to support veterans and the families of those who have served in the armed forces, and military personnel.

For those who would like to continue the Armed Forces Day celebrations, there is a free two-day event taking place at the Military Experience Centre in Lynn.

Running from 10am-4pm each day, visitors can explore a WWI trench, a D-Day landing craft, a WWII German bunker, an Anderson shelter and lots more. Youngsters can also try on and examine military kit and fire airsoft weapons in their range.

Meet serving HM Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families and hear their experiences of life in the armed forces.