RESPECT and gratitude were in the air of Burton and South Derbyshire as dignitaries marked national Armed Forces Day by raising a special flag.
The mayor of East Staffordshire Borough Council and the chairman of South Derbyshire District Council were among those honouring members of the forces past and present with this morning’s ceremony.
There was also an event at the National Memorial Arboretum, which kicked off a week of activities ahead of a big event on Saturday.
Councillor Ron Clarke, the mayor of East Staffordshire, said: “Armed Forces Day is a day of remembrance and thanks to all the armed forces and their families and to show our support for them all in the work that they do throughout the world.
“I am privileged and very proud to play a small part in these ceremonies, by being able to have the freedom to honour all who have risked their lives for us, and to show our thanks to heroes who have given the ultimate sacrifice for us and our country.”
Over in Swadlincote, district council chairman Councillor Pat Murray had the honour of raising the flag at the town hall.
He said: “We are grateful to everyone who serves or has served in the Armed Forces and by raising this flag, we can show how much we appreciate their dedication.We don’t often have time to pause in our busy lives to consider the brave work they do for our country, so it is fitting that we should do so on this special day.”
Armed Forces cadets from Burton were involved in the flag-raising ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum. Flight sergeants Max Shell and Zinnia Parker and Corporal Charlotte Taylor from the Air Training Corps, Army Cadet Force members Lance corporal Louise Irvine and Corporal Ewan Skinner, and Able cadet Oliver Bently and leading cader Ethan Moorby took part in the occasion.