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Armed Forces Day 2020

Published on Friday, 19th June 2020

Salute Armed Forces Day
Cllr Bob Boyce MBE, Chairman of Maldon District Council and Nigel Harmer #saluteourforces

Maldon District Council will be proudly flying the Armed Forces Day flag at our Council Offices from Friday 19 June, to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June.

The Chairman of Maldon District Council, Councillor Bob Boyce, MBE, will be joining hundreds of communities across the UK in raising the Armed Forces Day flag, to show our support for the Armed Forces community.

Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, we are unable to hold the usual events, however, we are backing the #saluteourforces initiative and would encourage everyone to tweet their pictures of salutes @Maldondc, @ArmedForcesDay using #SaluteOurForces

If you are not sure how to salute, the Armed Forces Day Website has some videos to explain.

Cllr Bob Boyce, MBE, Chairman of Maldon District Council, said “I am delighted to be commemorating and honouring our brave veterans, individuals and all those who have served, or continue to serve, in our Armed Forces to whom we all owe so much.

We are very proud of our Armed Forces and particularly the way in which more recently, they have supported the Covid-19 response. 

We are therefore once again pleased to recognise their dedication and commitment. However, it is sad that we are not able to mark this important day as we would normally, but I encourage you all to join in and #saluteourforces.

Armed Forces Day is made especially poignant this year, with the death of the ‘Forces Sweetheart’, Dame Vera Lynn, who entertained the troops throughout the second world war. On behalf of the Council, I offer our sincere condolences to her family.

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Notes to editors

  1. Armed Forces Day will be held annually and provide the nation with a dedicated day where people can come together to show their appreciation and support of the Armed Forces
  3. A veteran is anyone who has served in HM Armed Forces at any time (including National Servicemen and Reservists), irrespective of length of service.