The Armed Forces Flag was raised at Lagan Valley Island this week to recognise the beginning of Armed Forces Week, culminating in Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30th June 2012.
Pictured at the raising of the Armed Forces Flag at Lagan Valley Island are (l-r) Mr Andrew Carlisle, Bugler; Mr Norman Davidson, Chief Executive, Lisburn City Council; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Alderman William Leathem; Lt Col Nick Ilic, Commanding Officer, NI Support Garrison; Lt Commander Anderson, Royal Navy Reserve, HMS Hibernia and Major Phil Stuart, Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.
The Flag was raised by Lieutenant Colonel Nic Ilic, Commanding Officer at Thiepval Barracks in the presence of the Mayor, Alderman William Leathem, elected members and representatives of the Army, the Royal Navy and the British Army.
Speaking at the event the Mayor said: “This week we remember those who are overseas in Afghanistan and pray for a safe and speedy return home. We especially remember those who will never be returning home and the grieving families who are left behind.
“The Act of Flying the Armed Forces Flag demonstrates our City’s unfaltering support for its Armed Forces, their families and our veterans as they serve their Country in difficult and dangerous times,” said Alderman Leathem.
For further information on Armed Forces Weeks log on to www.armedforcesday.org.uk