It was an honour for me to raise the Armed Forces flag today at 11am at Kepple Lane Park to celebrate Armed Forces Day in Garstang. I raised the flag to commemorate the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces.
Armed Forces Day was established on August 31st 1949 to enable the nation to show support for the military community both serving and retired, at home and abroad.
More than 190,000 of our country’s best trained men and women are taking responsibility for securing our nation’s freedoms. Whether serving on the ground, in the air or at sea, overseas or at home, their sacrifice, dedication and unflinching willingness to put service before self is truly remarkable and should be celebrated. We must not forget that these brave people are putting their lives on the line to keep us safe and to build a better world for our children.
I would like to share this poem with you written by Roger J. Robicheau.
THE PRIDE OF OUR COUNTRY
Today as before, our brave do fight
For a land they love, a flag so right
The pride of our country, yes they are
The strength of our nation, best by far
Just as our brave from each war gone by
They march for us proudly, flag held high
From all over this land they come to serve
They’re taught by the best, this they deserve
When troops give their all, the world does see
Whether serving on land, in the air, or at sea
The pride from this country, march through war
With home drawn strength, held deep in their core
Our best are so awesome; their loved ones well know
May God guide their journey where they – for us – go
What these brave must have is support from their own
The love from their people, firm thankfulness shown
Our greatest achievement is that we’re still free
Please take time and ponder who caused this to be.
On behalf of Garstang Town Council I would like to say thank you for the hard work and sacrifice to those that serve and have served this country.
Cllr Elizabeth Webster