SERVICEMEN, veterans, and members of the local authority showed a united front last week as they came together during the build up to Armed Forces Day.
On Monday, June 25, a flag raising ceremony took place outside the SNC offices in Springfields in unison with ceremonies at local authorities across the UK.
Those in the honour guard were: local British Legion standard bearers, members of the UK armed forces, representatives of the United States Air Force, Squadron Leader William Still from RAF Croughton, supported by SNC councillors, and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Northants, Sir John Greenaway.
Music for the ceremony was provided by the Sponne School Brass Band.
The Armed Forces Day Flag was flown from the council building for the rest of the week in the build-up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June, 30.
Sally Townsend, SNC chairman hosted the event, and gave a speech thanking everyone for attending. She said: “We will be flying the flag from our council building as a reminder to our Armed Forces and giving recognition to their services.
“I know similar events will be hosted simultaneously around the nation, with thousands of people across the United Kingdom marking the event, and I wanted all of us today to take this opportunity to show our support.
“I look back to my own family’s experiences of war – my great-grandfather, grandfather and father all played their part in being key workers and therefore didn’t undertake active service. Great-grandfather worked in the steel foundries of Sheffield, my grandfather was a manager of commercial shipping in Liverpool, and my father transferred a prisoner from Bletchley Park to a prison just as the Second World War ended.
“I know that our Armed Forces will be prepared for any eventuality they are called upon to address.”