Armed Forces Day 2019

Sunderland is paying its annual tribute to the military by raising the flag at the civic centre at 10am on Friday (28 June) to support this year's Armed Forces Day.
 
The week leading up to Armed Forces Day (which is always the last Saturday in June) is the annual, national celebratory programme of events and activities launched in 2009, to help raise awareness of the contribution made by military personnel and their families to life in their country and communities. For more information Click here 

To help promote the day, and a full week of  events (23 June - 29 June) being staged in communities across the UK, an official flag raising ceremony will be held on the main public concourse outside the council chamber at Sunderland Civic Centre at 10am on Friday 28 June.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Councillor David Snowdon and Councillor Dianne Snowdon, will be joined for the ceremonial raising of the Armed Forces Day flag by civic guests including the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield OBE, Houghton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson, Royal Navy Regional Commander Northern England, Commodore Phil Waterhouse, and a delegation from Sunderland's Affiliated Warship, HMS Anson.

 Also joining the ceremony in the Civic Centre courtyard outside the council chamber will be the Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and designated Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Michael Mordey, and Chair of Sunderland Armed Forces Partnership and Sunderland Veterans Forum, Sunderland Partnership Manager, Jessica May.

Everybody is welcome to attend between 9.45 - 10.45am to show their support, and join military personnel and representatives of regiments and associations from across the Armed Forces to pay tribute.       

On Saturday evening people are also invited to attend a musical event organised by Veteran’s Groups at Seaburn’s Recreation Park.           

The Mayor, Cllr David Snowdon said: "Our city is proud of its close, strong relationship with our Armed Forces and this annual flag raising ceremony is an opportunity for us all to gather to demonstrate our thanks and continued support for all that they do for us.

"As Mayor of Sunderland I am deeply honoured to represent the people of our city at this ceremony, which helps us to both celebrate and demonstrate the links we have with those across all the Senior Services.     

"Armed Forces Day and the seven days of events and activities which it heralds, provides us all with the opportunity to show how much we value and appreciate the contribution and sacrifices they and their families make on all our behalf."   

The Mayor, Cllr David Snowdon added: “Raising the flag also helps us to remember National Reserves Day earlier in the week, which is our country’s tribute to all those who volunteer to serve in the Reserves Forces providing vital support in military operations around the world.”

Chair of Sunderland Armed Forces Partnership and Sunderland Veterans Forum, Sunderland Partnership Manager, Jessica May, said: 
“I am proud and privileged to join colleagues from the Sunderland Armed Forces Partnership and Veterans Forum at this annual event.

“Our city has strong links to the Armed Forces, with the War Memorial in Burdon Road, the Memorial Wall and Veteran’s walk beside it a visible permanent reminder in our city centre.

“Those close ties continue with young people joining the Forces to serve our country with honour and distinction, returning home to civilian life as valued members of their community greatly enriched by their experiences.”

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