ARMED Forces Week 2020 is being celebrated, despite the restrictions, and will culminate this Saturday with a service.
On Monday Armed Forces Week flags were raised at a number of prominent buildings in Dumfries and Galloway.
Councillor Archie Dryburgh, armed forces champion, said: “The exceptional and challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 emergency mean Armed Forces Week is very different from previous years.
Every year since 2009 we’ve paraded to show our appreciation to those currently serving and have previously served in our armed forces and people have turned out around the region to show their support.
But, as we continue to be restricted because of COVID-19, it’s important we can still show our resolve and commitment to our service personnel, past and present.
“As holders of the gold award in the employers’ recognition scheme and as part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, we raised flags around the region.
“During the rest of the week we’re sharing a programme of events through the council’s Facebook page, finishing with a service this Saturday.
David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire Clydesdale and Tweeddale, said: “We cannot, because of COVID-19, mark Armed Forces Day this Saturday in the same way we usually do at ceremonies and events around the constituency.
“Despite this, I believe it is important we convey thanks to all servicemen and women, past and present, for everything that they have done for us.
“It is an opportunity to support the excellent work carried out by SSAFA, the armed forces charity, in their ongoing work.
“The Army is carrying out coronavirus testing around the region, showing the range of work carried out by our forces is extensive.
“In this uncertain world all branches of our armed forces are as vital as ever so, this Saturday, let’s salute them in whatever way we can. They deserve our appreciation and support.”
Oliver Mundell, MSP for Dumfriesshire, added: “Armed Forces Day gives me the opportunity to say thanks to our services on behalf of my constituents.
“Over last few difficult months Army personnel have helped the NHS logistically and carried out COVID-19 testing.
“That has been a reminder of all the hard work our forces carry out to help us all stay safe. They are always on standby, ready to do what is needed.
“During the recent VE Day commemorations the Queen reminded us of the tremendous efforts of all the armed forces down the decades and of her pride in their achievements.
“I would also like to pay tribute to councillor Archie Dryburgh, the local authority Armed Forces champion and an ex-serviceman.
“He has done much work to ensure veterans and those continuing in active service are as well looked after as possible.
“This Saturday and every day we should do our utmost to take care of those who take care of us.”