Hertsmere Borough Councillors, council workers, Hertsmere MP James Clappison and representatives from the Royal British Legion were among a large crowd who attended a service outside the borough council’s Civic Offices in Borehamwood on Monday ( June 25).
Services were held at the same time by local authorities and groups across the country, ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday (30 June).
In her speech, Cllr Pat Strack, mayor of Hertsmere, said: “As you may already know, Armed Forces Day flags are to be raised together at 10.30am today in unison across the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in a universal show of support honouring our British armed forces, past, present and future, and marking a moment in our history that will long be remembered with warmth and pride by the men and women that make up our armed forces.”
The service began with the exhortation ‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old’ read by Bill Davies of the Royal British Legion, followed by the Last Post played by the Reverend David Jackson and ending with the raising of the flag.
The flag will continue to fly throughout this week. Armed Forces Day began four years ago and aims to raise public awareness of the contribution made by those who serve or have served in the armed forces.