In honour of our armed forces
|Published: 13th June 2009 09:41|
A special flag-raising ceremony
Monday, June 22, at 10.30am.
Council Offices at West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton.
Reverend Richard Allen will say a prayer before the flag is hoisted in honour of the armed forces.
Representatives from 40 Commando based at Norton Fitzwarren, the men's and women's sections of the British Legion, the Burma Star Association, the Quantocks Squadron of the Air Training Corps, the Army Cadet Force and other local organisations will gather at the flag pole outside the Council Offices at West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton.
Cllr May, who has issued the invitation to the public, said: "We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our serving armed forces, and to all those that have served their country. This flag-raising ceremony is to show our appreciation and respect for these professional men and women who face danger and travel afar to keep our country safe.
"It is also a mark of respect to their families, who often live for long stretches without their loved ones, and to the families who have lost loved ones."
Lieutenant Colonel Paul James, the Commanding Officer of 40 Commando, said, "This year at 40 Commando we have, as ever, been overwhelmed by the level of public support we receive from people in Taunton and across Somerset, which has a huge impact when we are deployed far from home.
"The close relationship we enjoy with the community means a great deal to us and we are honoured by the kind words and gifts we regularly receive.
"On behalf of everyone at 40 Commando, I would like to offer out thanks for remembering this relationship on Armed Forces Day."
Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony.