Veterans and residents invited to two commemoration events

Tuesday, 11 June, 2019
The Armed Forces Flag before it was flown in 2017

Armed forces veterans and residents are invited to join together 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 this Friday, 14 June, 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, 24 June, where a special Armed Forces flag will be hoisted outside Clacton Town Hall.

It is anticipated that a number of organisations will be attending the ceremony at 11am with their own Standards.

The flag will be flown throughout the week, leading up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 29. TDC’s Weeley offices will also fly the flag.

Councillor Dan Land, TDC Chairman, 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,” Councillor Land 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.”

Last updated on: 11/06/2019 - 10:26