Join me in celebrating national Armed Forces Day!

South Ribble MP Katherine Fletcher has shown her support for this year’s Armed Forces Day which takes place on Saturday (27 June) to commemorate the service of men and women in the Armed Forces.

Armed Forces Day is an 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 UK Armed Forces defend the country and its interests and are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tacking drug smugglers and providing security and preventing terrorism every day.

To commemorate the occasion in South Ribble, the Armed Forces Day flag was raised at the Civic Centre in Leyland but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, major events have been cancelled across the country and in Lancashire.

As a key moment in our annual calendar however, Katherine Fletcher is asking residents to #SaluteOurForces and celebrate in their own way.

Commenting, the South Ribble MP said:

Our Armed Forces serve us day-in day-out risking their own personal safety, and this week allows us to recognise the commitment they make locally here in South Ribble and across the globe.

In the past we have seen parades and events to mark Armed Forces Day and while that is not possible this year due to Covid-19, we must still recognise this important moment and the commitment of our Armed Forces and their families.

I’d encourage residents if you haven’t already to see how you can get involved by visiting the Armed Forces Day website where they have resources available to celebrate the occasion. We should always be thankful for their outstanding service and the sacrifices that they make for us.

To find out more about Armed Forces Day, visit: www.armedforcesday.org.uk.