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Lord Mayor of York Hosts Armed Forces Week Celebrations

Ian Gillies 130614

1:10pm 23rd June 2014

The historic Mansion House today  played host to a number of invited guests to mark the start of Armed Forces Week.

To mark the start of this important week the Lord Mayor and the Civic Party welcomed members of the Royal British Legion and Ex-Services Associations.

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Ian Gillies said: “I was delighted to welcome past and present members of the Armed Forces and it was great to meet them. It is only fitting that York, as a garrison city since AD71, can officially recognise the courage of our servicemen and women and their families and the sacrifices that they make by flying the Armed Forces Standard above the Mansion House.”

City of York Council will also show its support for Armed Forces Week by flying the Armed Forces Standard (flag) above the Mansion House from Monday 23 June to celebrate and commemorate the hard work and dedication of Armed Forces Personnel.

The main objectives of Armed Forces Week are to honour and celebrate the work of the UK Armed Forces and those that support them. The week also aims to encourage members of the public to actively engage in a celebration of the UK’s Armed Forces and to raise awareness and enhance the reputation of the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, Reservists, Veterans, Cadets and the wider Armed Forces community including service families.

Links between the armed forces and the city were strengthened when representatives from both bodies and other key York leaders and organisations, officially signed the York Community Covenant Agreement in 2011. It’s aim is to strengthen the relationship between military and civilian communities by mutual support and participation in events and joint projects.   

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