Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day

Published on 20th June 2012

Cheltenham Borough Council

Britain's armed forces, past, present and future will be honoured with a show of support on Monday 25 June, when flags will be raised across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

  •  Monday 25 June 2012, 11am, at the Municipal Offices

Cheltenham Borough Council will be raising the special armed forces day flag at the front of the Municipal Offices at 11am, with an outdoor ceremony hosted by Mayor Colin Hay. Many local dignitaries will be in attendance and members of the public are welcome to the event.

Councillor Hay said: "This will be the fourth time the whole country has got together to raise the flag in honour of our veterans, currently serving troops, new recruits and their families.''

“Armed Forces Day gives us the opportunity to raise public awareness of the contribution made by those who serve, and who have served, our country. It also gives us the chance to show our support for the men and women in the armed forces community.”

In addition to more than 450 local authorities, over 3,000 members of the public, businesses and schools will also fly official armed forces day flags to join the celebrations to honour Britain's armed forces. The specially designed flags, based on the Union flag, will be raised together at 11am on Monday, marking the beginning of a week of national events leading up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30 June.

Armed forces day flags will also be flown where British Servicemen and women are serving overseas, including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cyprus, Germany, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

For press enquiries contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154, email

Service sheet

Monday 25 June 2012

Time            Action

10.45am      Assemble in the War Memorial Enclosure

10.50am      Bugler


10.55am      Mayor
                    Royal British Legion Chairman/President

Prayers and dedication            Chaplain – Rev Robert Pestell

Commemoration and remembrance    Chaplain – Rev Robert Pestell
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)            A Webb

Act of Homage                             Royal British Legion   

Two minute silence

Kohima Epitaph                           Royal British Legion   

Reveille                                       A Webb

The Lord’s Prayer                       Chaplain – Rev Robert Pestell

Armed Forces Flag to be flown

Closing prayer and blessing        Chaplain – Rev Robert Pestell

For more information about Armed Forces Day, visit