A special celebration is to be held in Darlington as we pay tribute to our Armed Forces personnel, past and present – and we are inviting you to join us!
Individuals, schools, community groups and businesses are welcome to take part as we host a special Raising the Flag ceremony in the Market Square on Friday 28th June to mark Reserves Day (26th June) and Armed Forces Day (29th June).
Organised by Darlington Borough Council, the celebrations will be led by the Mayor of Darlington, Cllr Bob Donoghue.
Invitations have been sent to all councillors, other civic dignitaries and representatives of the military including the chairman of the Royal British Legion, John Smith.
The event is a chance to say thank you and show our support to all those who make up our Armed Forces, service families, veterans and cadets and it is hoped as many people as possible will come along to what is now an annual event in the town.
It represents just one of the ways we support our Armed Forces, as the council is also among the many public and private sector organisations that have committed to supporting personnel, past and present, by signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise that ensures they are treated fairly.
A short parade of representatives from the Armed Forces, military associations and civic guests will leave the Town Hall at 10.15am on Friday 28th June, to make its way to the Market Square where the Raising the Flag ceremony will take place.
A bugler will sound the last post and wreaths will be laid on the commemorative stone in the Market Square.
Anyone who wishes to attend is asked to be at the Market Square before 10.10am.
To find out more about how you can show your support for the Armed Forces visit: