North Lanarkshire Council hold flag unfurling ahead of Armed Forces day

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:34 BST on Wednesday 27th June 2012.

North Lanarkshire Council Provost Jim Robertson and Deputy Lieutenant of Lanarkshire David Cranston were joined by armed forces veterans as the council unveiled a special flag ahead of armed forces day.

The flag unfurling took place on Monday afternoon and was attended by veterans from the Cameronian Regiment, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force, Royal Engineers Cumbernauld (124), Highland Light Infantry and representatives from other forces who have served in places such as North Africa, Cyprus, Italy and many others corners of the globe.

The flag unfurling was organised ahead of armed forces day, which will take place this Saturday, on 30th June.

'Fly a flag for our armed forces' day helps North Lanarkshire communities recognise the challenges faced by our service personnel all over the world. Those serving often endure testing and dangerous circumstances and, the raising of the ceremonial flag helps to acknowledge their dedication and professionalism.

Commenting, Provost Jim Robertson said: “We are proud to raise the flag here in North Lanarkshire in support of our forces personnel past, present and future and to recognise the tremendous sacrifices they make for their country.

“Armed Forces Day provides an annual opportunity for people to show support for the men and women of the forces, their families, veterans and the cadet forces and is an important occasion here in North Lanarkshire.

“We have an excellent relationship with the armed forces and veterans associations in the area and I was pleased to see so many of them represented at the ceremony and I also had the great pleasure of speaking to many of the them and the young cadets at a civic function held in their honour.

“Our thoughts today, are also with all those who are currently involved in operations across the world, and we are proud to acknowledge the job they are doing.

“Support for the armed services has always been strong in North Lanarkshire and all those who attended appreciated the opportunity to recognise the important contribution made by our armed forces.”