The Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Mary Sheldon, 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 29 June.
The Mayor’s Chaplain, Revd Jackie Richardson, rededicated the flag before it was raised by 152 Cobham Fusiliers led by Detachment Commander, Sgt Marco Vitelli. The cadets were accompanied by bagpipes played by Piper Iain Raymond. Sgt Marco Vitelli read the Exhortation before the two minutes silence was observed.
The Mayor said, “Elmbridge Borough Council are 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.”