Mayor is raising the flag to mark the start of Armed Forces Week


The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Subhan Shafiq, will mark the start of Armed Forces Week with a flag raising ceremony outside the Civic Offices for Milton Keynes Council at 10am this morning.

All local authorities have been invited by the Ministry of Defence to fly the Armed Forces Day flag to show support for servicemen and women and for the wider Armed Forces community of families, veterans and cadets.

And as part of next week’s event, the Mayor of Milton Keynes will formally raise the flag at 10am to coincide with other similar ceremonies being held by local authorities around the country.

The flag will be kept flying until the day after Armed Forces Day, but the public are welcome to attend the flag raising event.

Mayor Cllr Subhan Shafiq said: “This is a very special year as we mark the 100 year anniversary of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which brings sharply into focus the bravery shown across the generations by our armed forces.”

Armed Forces Day is being held on Saturday, June 28 and is an opportunity to do two things; firstly, to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

Secondly, it gives the nation an opportunity to Show Your Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets.

In 2012 Milton Keynes Council stepped up its support for the Armed Forces by signing a Community Covenant.

This sets out to share information about the issues facing serving and retired Armed Forces personnel and to build an understanding of how agencies can provide continued support as well as helping the transition from Service to civilian life and then in the longer term.