Flying the flag

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VETERANS and serving officers were welcomed by councillors in Glasgow and East Renfrewshire this week to mark Armed Forces Day.

The national day — set for Saturday (June 30) and a replacement for the Veterans’ Day since 2009 — was launched with flag raising ceremonies in both authorities.

In East Renfrewshire, participants gathered at Eastwood Park to watch a march past and presentation of the colours in honour of armed forces past and present.

Speaking at the event, provost Alastair Carmichael said: “Today, we raise the flag. We do this to mark our appreciation for the contribution made by all those who serve, and who have served, in Her Majesty’s armed forces.

“The raising of the flag is our way of marking the sacrifice, courage and dedication shown over the years by members of our armed services.

“They and their predecessors enable us to live our lives today in peace and freedom, something for which we should all be grateful”.

Following the ceremony, provost Carmichael handed over a cheque for £400 to Johanna McGhee of Glasgow’s Helping Heroes charity, raised by East Ren council through a variety show earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, Glasgow’s lord provost Sadie Docherty – also a southside councillor, for the Linn ward – kicked off armed forces day celebrations with a flag raising ceremony on the roof of city chambers.

Councillor Docherty was joined by members of the military and entrepreneur Michelle Mone at the event on Monday, which preceded a public event taking place this Saturday in George Square.

The lord provost commented: “It’s always a pleasure to welcome the armed forces and their families to our city and to show our support.

“Every year Glasgow puts on a great show and we are always delighted to welcome our veterans, cadets, servicemen and women and their families to our city for a day of celebration”.

All are welcome to the event on Saturday, running from 10am until 4pm.

Members of the army, navy and Royal Air Force will take to the streets in parade from 2pm, joined by veterans and cadets and the lord provost, and there will be a Typhoon fly past from the RAF number six squadron.

The day also includes activities in George Square and a stage, with performances from variety acts, pipe bands and choirs throughout the day.