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Kingston Celebrates Armed Forces Day

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Kingston Council is celebrating Armed Forces Week (25 - 30 June), with the Mayor Cllr Thay Thayalan, marking the start of the week by raising a flag at the Coronation Stone outside the Guildhall.

The annual nationwide event aims to celebrate the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, including currently serving troops, veterans, cadets and their families.

Speaking at the ceremony, Councillor Thay Thayalan, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, said: 

“We are delighted to once again take part in this event. Kingston is proud of its long association with the military, and we recognise the sacrifices and important contribution our Armed Forces make.”

The royal borough has strong connections with the armed forces. In 2009 the Territorial Army medics of 256 (City of London) Field Hospital volunteers were given Freedom of Entry by Kingston Council - the highest honour that a local authority can bestow on a military unit.

As part of the council’s continued commitment to the Armed Forces, in May 2018, a covenant that pledged to support service personnel in the borough in areas such as work, training, welfare, housing and schooling for service children was passed at Annual Council.

The flag at the coronation stone will be flown until after Armed Forces Day on 30 June. There are similar events taking place to celebrate, for more information visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk/find-events.