Flag raising starts Armed Forces Day celebrations

Published Monday, 24th June 2019

Crowds at the Civic Centre Flag pole for ceremony

Veterans, schoolchildren and council staff stood shoulder to shoulder for the raising of the Armed Forces flag outside the Civic Centre today (Monday 24 June).

Following a reading and prayer from the Mayor’s Chaplain, Father David Wylie RN, Deputy Mayor Cllr Mark Flewitt raised the flag, before year one students from St Mary’s CofE Primary School in Prittlewell, took centre stage to sing the national anthem.

The event was the start of a week of celebrations in Southend-on-Sea for national Armed Forces Day, which marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Flewitt thanked everyone for attending the raising of the flag and spoke about the bravery of Ken Cater, MBE, RAF squadron leader and former mayor of Southend. Afterwards Cllr Flewitt added: “The men and women who gave their lives in the Second World War and the men and women who continue to serve in the armed forces, defend our country for us and the freedoms we enjoy today. We are immensely proud of them and we must never forget.”

Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday 29 June. You can find out more about the celebrations planned events here.