THIS year’s Armed Forces Day was commemorated with a flag-raising ceremony at the Civic Offices in Barry.

Cllr Jayne Norman, Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, led the ceremony with a speech, thanking Veterans and Reserve Forces for their service.

“Vice Lord Lieutenant, town mayors, fellow councillors, representatives from the armed forces, distinguished guests, veterans, ladies and gentlemen, may I welcome you all today to this flag raising ceremony,” she said.

“Armed Forces Day celebrations begin today for Armed Forces Week with the flag being raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.

Penarth Times: The ceremony was live streamed on FacebookThe ceremony was live streamed on Facebook

“On behalf of the people of the Vale of Glamorgan, the flag raising ceremony shows our support for the Armed Forces of the UK who defended our country, the United Kingdom, and its interests.

“Our support and thanks also to the veterans who have served in her majesty’s Armed Forces with Armed Forces Day being a celebration of their continued role within the military community.

“I would also like to extend thanks to the reservists, cadets, volunteers who also give of their time to serve in the reserve forces and support the armed forces.

“Always in our hearts the bravery of our armed forces and those who lost their lives for our tomorrows.”

The Armed Forces Flag will be flown for the week leading up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 26 2021.

Due to covid restrictions, the event was not open to the public but was broadcast live on the council’s Facebook page.