Flag being flown to recognise sacrifice
Published at 21:35, Wednesday, 27 June 2012
SCOTTISH Borders Council (SBC) and Dumfries and Galloway Council are flying the flag for Armed Forces Day to honour the work of the Armed Forces and as a mark of homage to those who have given their lives in the service of their country.
The Government has set aside Saturday as Armed Forces Day and has asked all councils to fly the flag in recognition of the role played by servicemen and women past and present. SBC Convenor, Graham Garvie, said: “Scottish Borders Council has been proud to play its part in recognising our servicemen and women in previous years and is proud to fly the flag again this year.”
Labour’s Armed Forces champion, Archie Dryburgh, attended the raising of the flag in Dumfries on Tuesday, symbolising the start of Armed Forces Week.
He was joined by Labour councillors and Dumfriesshire MSP, Elaine Murray.
Mr Dryburgh, councillor for Annandale East and Eskdale, said: “It was humbling to see so many people attend the raising of the flag at the Midsteeple in Dumfries, which will remember past and present members of the Armed Forces and their families.
“There will be a number of events taking place across Dumfries and Galloway, including marches in Dumfries, Castle Douglas and Stranraer.
“I would urge as many people as possible to go out and show their support for men and women who have fought, and continue to fight for our country. They all do a fantastic job and this week will be dedicated to giving them the credit they deserve.”
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