On Monday 20th June 2016 members of the armed forces, veterans and civilians will join Val Letheren, Buckinghamshire County Council Chairman, to raise a flag in honour of national Armed Forces Day.
Beginning at 10.30am the ceremony will take place by the flagpoles outside Old County Hall in the Market Square, Aylesbury.
Veteran Alan Grant, Chairman of the Royal Green Jackets Association in Aylesbury, will be one of those watching. For him the day will be a fitting tribute to Buckinghamshire’s soldiers on the 50th anniversary of the Royal Green Jackets (RGJ).
The Chairman will make a short speech, Father Doug Zimmerman, Rector of Aylesbury, will lead prayers on behalf of the Armed Forces, while a guard of honour from RAF Halton lines the steps of Old County Hall.
The annual flag-raising comes ahead of Armed Forces Weekend celebrations on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2016 hosted by the World War II code-cracking centre at Bletchley Park.
Serving armed forces personnel, their families, cadets and veterans will be guests of Bletchley Park at the weekend and the public are welcome at normal entry prices.
On Saturday afternoon Chairman Val Letheren will host a reception for civic and ceremonial guests at Bletchley Park.