Cumbria County Council is flying the flag for our armed forces to mark two celebration days recognising the contribution Britain’s military make to national life.
On Wednesday, June 24 it is Reserves Day and the three days later on Saturday, June 27 it is Armed Forces Day.
The council will be showing their support by hoisting the event’s flag on its flag poles at County Hall in Kendal and Cumbria House in Carlisle.
Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that, should their country require them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military.
Armed Forces Day is a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.
As well as marking the contribution of service personnel past and present, Armed Forces Day and Reserves Day is also aimed at raising public awareness of the military and the roles they undertake in Britain and around the world.
Cumbria County Council has been a Silver employer of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme since 2016 and are committed to supporting their ex-service and reservist workforce which supports their forces-friendly recruitment process.
Last year the council re-signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant – a commitment by the council and its partner organisations to giving fair support to members of the armed forces, veterans and their families when it comes to issues such as housing, health care, education and child support.
As part of this commitment the council provides armed forces specific information and details about how to access support on its website to ensure service personnel and their families can be signposted to services better targeted to their needs.
Councillor Christine Bowditch, Chair of Cumbria County Council said:
“As my son-in-law is a member of the British Armed Forces it gives me a great deal of pleasure as Chair of Cumbria County Council to show our support for Armed Forces Day.
“Armed Forces Day is a great way to show our support for the servicemen and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the whole nation to show its support and appreciation for the contribution made by all those who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces at home and abroad, safeguarding the nation’s interests.
“Cumbria County Council is proud of its strong links with the forces and we’ll be flying the flag to show our appreciation for all that they do.”