West Lancashire will honour the service and sacrifices made by our armed forces at a special event on Monday 20 June to commemorate Armed Forces Day.
The Ministry of Defence flag will be raised at the War Memorial in Coronation Park in Ormskirk. The ceremony will be attended by service veterans; Mrs Gail Stanley, Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire; the Mayor of West Lancashire Councillor Liz Savage and her Consort Councillor Noel Delaney; Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council; Kim Webber, Chief Executive of West Lancashire Borough Council and Councillor Terry Devine, Armed Forces Champion of West Lancashire Borough Council. Local uniformed groups will also be at the event.
People living and working in West Lancashire are invited to come along and pay their respects.
Skelmersdale Prize Band will perform from 4.45pm before the ceremony officially starts at 5pm when Fr Godric Timney, Parish Priest at St Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, Ormskirk, will say a short prayer.
Mrs Stanley will formally present the flag to Councillor Savage, who will say the following: “We are honoured to receive this flag as a tribute to all our Armed Services, who have served in the past and are serving today. It is with pride that the Borough of West Lancashire shows its support by dedicating this moment to them. We trust that this ceremony will be remembered with warmth and affection by all men and women who are serving or have served the Colours.”
Councillor Savage will then hand the flag on to Councillor Devine, and a veteran will give the following tribute: “Today, we have great pride in paying tribute to the men and women who defend Britain. Today we also remember the sacrifices made by the veterans of conflict. I hope that you will all join me today in paying homage to our armed forces past and present who serve our country each day with pride and dignity.”
Councillor Devine will then raise the flag with a cadet. Skelmersdale Prize Band will play music as the flag is raised. The ceremony is expected to be completed by 5.20pm. Councillor Savage said: “I will be honoured take part of this special ceremony as we pay tribute to those who have served in our armed forces. I hope many people will join us on this momentous occasion.”