The Armed Forces Flag is flying proud alongside the Union Flag in front of Bicester Town Council’s offices in Garth Park, off Launton Road.
The flag will be officially raised into position today, Friday, June 26, to honour Armed Services Day and salute Bicester’s strong military links. It will remain there until Friday, July 3.
Armed Forces Day is a nationwide event and a chance for communities to show their support for the military. The Armed Forces Flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks across the country.
In Bicester, in-line with covid-19 restrictions, a small socially distanced ceremony took place last week which was recorded to share with residents.
Those in attendance were Bicester’s Mayor Cllr Jason Slaymaker, Deputy Commander of Bicester Garrison Major Matthew Barton, Garrison Sergeant Major WO1 Adam Lodwig, WO2 Sam Lingwood, Sergeant Kevin Harbour, Council Leader Richard Mould, Chief Officer Samantha Shippen and Administration Officer and Mayor’s PA Julie Trinder.
Mayor Cllr Slaymaker said: “Armed Forces Day gives us a few moments to honour our country’s military and reflect on the sacrifices so many have made.
“Bicester has long history with the military and it continues to play a special role in every day town life. In fact, many residents were in the Services themselves and later made their home here, while many others have worked at one of the local military bases.
“It was an honour for me to be part of this celebration and I would like to thank WO1 Adam Lodwig who was instrumental in organising this event.”
Usually, on Armed Forces Day the town’s residents come together for a joint carnival and Armed Forces celebration, but this year’s planned event was cancelled due to coronavirus.
View the flag raising ceremony and a message from our Mayor below:
Photo Credit: Julie Trinder, image taken from 2019 ceremony