By Ian Dipple 25/06 Updated: 26/06 12:45
A SPECIAL flag is flying high above Redditch Town Hall as a symbol of the borough's support for Britain's servicemen and women past and present.
The flag was raised by Mayor Alan Mason during a short ceremony on Monday (June 25) attended by councillors, veterans and members of Redditch Sea Cadets in support of Armed Forces Day on Saturday (June 30).
The day aims to raise awareness of the contribution made to the country by the armed forces as well as give the nation the chance to show their appreciation for the work done not just by troops currently serving but their families, veterans and cadets.
Coun Mason said the flag was a tribute to the 'fighting spirit' of the armed forces.
Peter Styler, president of Redditch Royal British Legion and a former member of the Royal Army Service Corps, said: "Remembrance Day is more to remember our comrades who lost their lives in the two world wars and action since. This is to remember all personnel still in action today, fighting across the world.
"The English serviceman has been took for granted for many years in this country and are only recognised when a war or any conflict arises. As an ex-serviceman when I see these young fellows in uniform, they are still doing a magnificent job just like those who fought in two world wars and action since."
Petty Officer David Cullum has been a member of Redditch Sea Cadets for four years and hopes to join the Royal Navy next year following in the footsteps of his granddad who was a naval man in the Second World War.
The 17-year-old from Tardebigge added: "They fight for us so it is only fair we should show our appreciation for them."
On Saturday a march will be held through the town centre leaving at 10.30am from the Town Hall to the war memorial outside St Stephen's Church for a short service. Residents can join in or line the route to watch and are encouraged to bring flags to wave as a show of support.
A flag will be raised on the green of St Nicholas' Church in Alcester on Saturday at 11am where an informal gathering will also take place. Residents are invited to attend and show their support from 10.30am.
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