Today (June 28) Chairman of Breckland Council, Cllr Lynda Turner, raised the Armed Forces Day flag outside Breckland Council’s offices in Dereham.
Ahead of the flagraising, Cllr Turner reaffirmed Breckland’s commitment to the Armed Forces covenant and told event attendees that the council is making it easier for armed forces personnel and their families to access support for housing, job opportunities and mental health resources through the creation of new online resource. The new information page, launched on the Breckland Council’s website, www.breckland.gov.uk/armed-forces-community, offers links to leading voluntary support organisations including Veterans Gateway, Haigh Housing, Spaces, SSAFA and Stoll. Breckland Council also provides information and support on on the site for local service veterans looking to access housing within Breckland.
Speaking at the ceremony, Cllr Turner said: “We would like to thank and show our appreciation for all members of the armed forces, whether they are veterans or are still actively serving. They put themselves in danger to keep us safe and protect our way of life, I am incredibly proud to raise this flag today as way of showing our gratitude. We have a long history of supporting the armed forces and our new online resources should make it easier than ever for servicemen and servicewomen to access information about the help that is available to them.”
Breckland Council has strong links with locally-based forces and the ceremony, was attended by a number of military personal. Wg Cdr Geary, OC Base Support Wing – RAF Marham , Major Bob Gibbs – Cadet Executive Officer, Norfolk Army Cadet Force, Captain Harry Russell – 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, Peter Loades – Royal British Legion and John English – Royal British Legion and were all in attendance, alongside a number of district councillors and council staff. Cllr Turner said that the commitment of the armed forces sometimes saw them make the highest sacrifice and so a minute’s silence was observed prior to the flag being raised.
Courtesy of Breckland Council– 02/07/2019