Flying the flag for our armed forces

Published on 16th June 2015

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- Monday 22 June 2015, 11am, at the Municipal Offices

Britain's armed forces, past, present and future will be honoured with a show of support on Monday 22 June, when a flag will be raised at the Municipal Offices in Cheltenham.

Cheltenham Borough Council will be raising the special armed forces flag at 11am, with an outdoor ceremony hosted by Councillor Duncan Smith, mayor of Cheltenham. There will be local dignitaries in attendance and members of the public are welcome to the event.

Mayor Duncan Smith, said: "Armed Forces week gives us the opportunity to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. In 2015, we particularly remember the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe and Victory in Japan. This week gives Cheltenham an opportunity to show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community; from currently serving troops to service families and from veterans to cadets.

“It would be good to see currently serving and former members of the armed forces and their families join us for a short ceremony to recognise the start of Armed Forces Week."

The raising of the flag marks the start of a week dedicated to recognising the work of the armed services. The week builds up to National Armed Forces Day, which is on Saturday 27 June. The flag at the Municipal Offices will stay raised for the week of celebration.

Anyone is welcome to attend the ceremony. Please can those attending assemble at the War Memorial at the front of the Municipal Offices at 10:45am.

For more information on Armed Forces Day visit the website.


For press enquiries, contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 775050 or email:



Monday 22 June at 11.00am

10.45am  Assemble in the War Memorial Enclosure

10.50am  Bugler
10.55am  Mayor
                 Royal British Legion Chairman/President



Prayers and Dedication   Chaplain – Rev Canon Tudor Griffiths

Commemoration and Remembrance   Chaplain – Rev Canon Tudor Griffiths

We remember before Thee, O Lord, and entrust to Thy keeping those who gave their lives in the service of their Country and who, by their valour, saved this our land from the power of the enemy.

Last Post (standards dip)   Greg Morgan

Act of Homage    Peter Barlow – Royal British Legion 

Two minute Silence

Kohima Epitaph    Peter Barlow – Royal British Legion 

Reveille   Greg Morgan

The Lord’s Prayer    Chaplain – Rev Canon Tudor Griffiths

Armed Forces Flag to be flown   Custodian

Closing prayer and Blessing   Rev Canon Tudor Griffiths