Veterans and residents invited to two commemoration events

Wednesday, 6 June, 2018
Armed Forces Flag

Armed forces veterans and residents are invited to stand side-by-side to mark two occasions later this month.

The anniversary of the end of the Falklands War is being marked with a service at Clacton War Memorial on Thursday, June 14, at 11am.

Organised by the Clacton Royal British Legion, and supported by Tendring District Council (TDC), the ceremony will involve readings, prayers, laying of wreaths, Last Post and Reveille.

TDC is also holding a ceremony on Monday, June 25, where a special Armed Forces flag will be hoisted outside Clacton Town Hall.

The ceremony will be followed by a coffee and cake sale in the Town Hall foyer, with funds raised supporting the Help for Heroes’ Bake for Heroes initiative.

It is anticipated that a number of organisations will be attending the ceremony with their own Standards.

The flag will be flown throughout the week, leading up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 30. TDC’s Weeley offices will also fly the flag.

Members of the public are invited to attend both events.

Chris Amos, TDC’s Armed Forces Champion, said the ceremonies were important.

“The Falklands ceremony will be a sombre occasion as we remember those who gave their lives to protect a part of the United Kingdom from foreign invasion,” he said.

“In contrast, Armed Forces Day is more of a celebration of the wonderful work our military does, not just in defending our freedom but also in a range of other areas such as delivering and administering aid in parts of the world afflicted by conflict or natural disaster.

“I hope as many people as possible come along and support both events, and at the Armed Forces Day ceremony stay for refreshments afterwards for a good cause.”

Last updated on: 06/06/2018 - 10:28