The new Deputy Mayor of Hertsmere has led a poignant ceremony at the Civic Offices in Borehamwood this morning (Monday, 19 June), ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Brenda Batten, was joined by council staff, councillors, members of the Royal British Legion and religious representatives at the ceremony. Across the United Kingdom, similar ceremonies are taking place in a universal show of support to honour Britain's Armed Forces.
Cllr Batten said: "It was such an honour to lead this important ceremony which gives us all an opportunity to stop and recognise the significant contribution our armed forces have made, and continue to make, in securing our safety."
A bugler, Adrian Temple, played The Last Post, following which a minute's silence was observed.
Cllr Batten, who is also our Armed Forces Covenant Champion said “We recognise the sacrifice and commitment that our Armed Forces make to protect the country and its people."
The Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant is a commitment from public and private organisations in the county, to support the active and retired Armed Forces community living and working in Hertfordshire. Whether you are leaving service and looking to settle in Hertfordshire, are a reservist living in the area, or have any other connection with the Armed Forces, they aim to give support when needed. Visit www.hertfordshireheroes.org to find out more.
Armed Forces Day aims to raise public awareness of the contribution made by those who serve or have served in the armed forces.
All those attending the ceremony also observed a minute's silence as a mark of respect to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire last week.
Posted on Monday 19th June 2017