South Holland District Council hosted a celebration at the Priory Road office in Spalding on Monday June 25, with a flag raising ceremony to show appreciation of the work of the Armed Forces. It was a privilege and an honour to raise the flag once again. We were joined by serving military personnel from the air force, navy and army, veterans, pupils from St John’s school, members of the public, district councillors and council officers.
The event was held as part of Armed Forces Day, the annual national campaign that gives everyone the opportunity to show their support for the men and women of the Armed Forces past and present, including currently serving troops, service families, reservists, veterans and cadets.
The following is the Military prayer I read:-
We commend to your gracious care and keeping
all the men and women in our Armed Forces
at home and abroad.
Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace;
Strengthen them in their trials and temptations;
and give them courage to face the perils that beset them;
And help them to know that nothing can separate them from your love;
In Jesus, Christ our Lord, Amen
This is what I said: “It’s fantastic to see such a large and diverse turnout for the event today, bringing together people from a wealth of ages and backgrounds to recognise the vital work of our forces across the world. It’s always so important to recognise their tireless work to defend the country and its interests.”
“South Holland District Council is proud to reaffirm its strong relationship with the armed forces in Lincolnshire and show our tremendous appreciation and support for our troops. It’s an honour to fly the Armed Forces flag outside of our offices for the 10th consecutive year as a way of expressing our gratitude for the many service men and women who form such an integral part of our community.
“Lincolnshire has a long association with the military and in South Holland we have a strong sense of our historic connection with the armed forces. The defense of our country is vital to every one of us and we owe a great debt to our armed forces for the difficult and dangerous job they do, courageously putting themselves in the path of danger to keep us all safe.”
The flag remained flying at the Council Offices until Saturday June 30.
On Tuesday, 26th June, Spalding hosted its fifth Armed Forces Day parade through the town centre. We mustered in Hall Place at 10.30am. The parade included a short service by Reverend John Bennett of St Mary & St Nicolas Church, Spalding. There was also a wonderful performance from local singer Craig Delaney singing “Bring Him Home” a song from Les Misérables.
The Armed Forces Parade wasn’t a Council-led event but was arranged by Cllr Angela Newton and Cllr Jan Whitbourn who did a marvelous job.