By KLTV Newsdesk –
Armed Forces Day on Saturday 26 June will be marked across Kirklees with the Armed Forces Day flag being raised above the Town Halls.
Kirklees Council is encouraging residents across Kirklees to show their support for those who have served by sharing photos of themselves, their friends, family or colleagues saluting the Armed Forces giving them a much-valued morale boost.
Residents can use the hashtag #SaluteOurForces throughout the week to share their photos on social media.
Special messages from The Mayor of Kirklees, local Cadets, reservists and veterans will also be going out online in the lead up to the day.
Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day in the United Kingdom is an annual celebration giving people the opportunity to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community which includes serving troops, service families, veterans, and cadets.
In previous years members of the public, veterans, councillors and the Force’s personnel have been invited to join the flag-raising ceremonies.
However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, public gatherings for such ceremonies haven’t been possible.
Instead, organisations have been looking at different ways of sharing videos, stories and information from Armed Forces families online.
For example, Kirklees Council recently shared a short film of local veteran Neil Hemmingway, who served in the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI).
Cllr. Patrick, Mayor of Kirklees said: “I very much hope that people will join me in marking the start of Armed Forces Week across Kirklees by Saluting Our Forces.
“It is important that we acknowledge their contribution and show our support for our armed forces, veterans old and young and their families.”