To honour the Armed Forces, Tendring District Council (TDC) has raised a special flag outside Clacton Town Hall.
Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday (27 June) but sees a week of activity to recognise the hard work, dedication and efforts troops, both past and present, have made to keep us safe in the UK and across the world.
Across social media, residents have been sending in photos and videos of themselves saluting, supporting the campaign #SaluteOurForces run by the British Armed Forces to pay tribute to the community.
Dan Land, TDC Chairman, said raising the flag – which will be flown all week – not only represents our forces, but the devotion the community has for our country.
“The flag recognises the servicemen and women who have supported the country through difficult times”, Councillor Land said.
“Marking this event brings a sense of togetherness in the community. It’s also amazing to see the many residents taking part in the #SaluteOurForces campaign, showing loyalty in the military and country.”
TDC has a silver award for its part in the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme, for the work it does in recruiting and supporting veterans into work both at the authority and elsewhere in the district.
Councillor Chris Amos, TDC’s Armed Forces Champion, added: “We are proud to support our Armed Forces; not only those currently serving, but also those who have dedicated themselves in the past to service, and we want to honour them in this way.”