Armed Forces flag raising

Earlier this week the Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Rachael Lake, led guests including Councillors, former Mayors and Royal British Legion representatives in the annual Armed Forces Flag Raising ceremony at the Esher Civic Centre.

This ceremony marks the start of Armed Forces week celebrating and recognising the bravery and commitment of our Armed Forces both past and present who risk and have risked their lives in the line of duty.  The specially commissioned flag will remain flying up to and including Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June.

The Mayor’s Chaplain, Revd Jonny Blair, rededicated the flag before it was raised by 153 Esher Detachment SW London. The Esher Army Cadets were accompanied by bagpipes played by Piper Ronald Mackenzie Brown, and 2nd Lieutenant Tracey Spevack, Detachment Commander for 153 Esher, read the Exhortation before the two minutes silence was observed.

The Mayor said, “Elmbridge Borough Council is pleased to be involved in this annual event as it is vital to recognise and support our Armed Forces all over the world for both their work in the past, present and the future and it was a great privilege to have led the ceremony as Mayor of Elmbridge.”

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