Flag raised at County Hall to mark Armed Forces Day

Tuesday 28th June 2022 11:00 am
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MCC’s Leader, Cllr Mary Ann Brocklesby attended the ceremony ()

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The Armed Forces flag was raised outside County Hall in Usk on Monday (June 20) by the Chair of Monmouthshire County Council, Cllr Laura Wright, marking the start of Armed Forces Week.

The flag will fly in Monmouthshire all week to honour the contribution, commitment and sacrifice of the county’s military personnel, past and present.

Ceremonies are being held to mark the lead up to national Armed Forces Day on Saturday June 25.

The day is an annual opportunity for the nation to show support for the Armed Forces community.

Monmouthshire County Council’s Leader, Cllr Mary Ann Brocklesby, led the ceremony in company of representatives of the Royal British Legion, the RAF, South Wales Fire Service, the Mayors of Usk, Chepstow and Abergavenny, fellow councillors, colleagues and the Council’s Chaplain, Cllr Malcolm Lane.

Cllr. Mary Ann Brocklesby said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our service personnel and emergency service workers, and their families. Armed Forces Day will celebrate the work of servicemen and women as they serve around the world, protecting freedoms.

“We remember those who have laid down their lives for our freedoms on the 11th November every year.

‘‘But this year we all probably have a different focus, brought into our homes on television, radio and the internet.

‘‘The horrors of war have never been made more desperately clear by what is happening here in Europe, with the war in Ukraine.

“Every day we see fresh evidence of the atrocities and destruction, the flattening of cities, and the amazing fortitude of the Ukrainian people.

“Here in Monmouthshire among other facilities, Caerwent remains an important training area for service personnel, helping to equip our own servicemen and women with skills to confront terrorism.

“I also want to pay tribute to all those in the county who work or volunteer for the many support services which are offered to those who have served our nation.

‘‘More than 30 organisations are playing a key role in smoothing the way for those who are, or have been serving, in the forces.”

Armed Forces Week comes after Monmouthshire Veterans’ Support Hub was introduced in March 2022, with the aim of delivering high quality, person-centred support to veterans from the military and ex-military community.The Hub aims to empower veterans, and those in transition, from military to civilian life, integrating into local communities.

The sessions are held in the heart of Abergavenny which is easily accessible by car, train and bus routes.

If you are a veteran of the armed forces, Monmouthshire Veterans’ Support Hub in Abergavenny can provide you with advice, guidance, and support on topics such as housing, benefits, debt and health and wellbeing.

Equally, if you are anxious about the future, or struggling to adjust, just talking to other veterans may help you through your journey. Every Monday from 10am – noon, you can join other Veterans in Monmouthshire at Abergavenny Hub, Town Hall, NP7 5HD.

To see what services and support the council provides for Armed Forces personnel, click this link: The Armed Forces - Monmouthshire

Natasha Asghar MS also paid tribute to current and former service personnel ahead of this year’s Armed Forces Day when she attended the flag raising ceremony

The South East Wales Senedd Member praised the Armed Forces for all the fantastic work they do in keeping the country safe, and paid tribute to those who have sadly lost their lives.

Natasha Asghar MS said: “Our Armed Forces do a fantastic job in keeping the country safe and it is only right we come together to celebrate the work they do and have done in the past.

“I was honoured to attend a very moving ceremony at Monmouthshire County Council’s headquarters with powerful contributions from a number of dignitaries.

“This Saturday we should all take a moment to show our support for the Armed Forces and reflect on the huge sacrifices they make every single day.”

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