Showing support for our armed services

Press Release: 15/06/2009

Celebrating the role of our armed services

Winchester's flag raising ceremony at 10.30 am on Monday 22 June will see representatives of all three armed services march behind a military band, watched by flag-waving schoolchildren, veterans and reservists. Why not come along and show your support.

The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, together with the Leader of Hampshire County Council and the Mayor of Winchester want it to be a memorable day.

Winchester’s flag-raising ceremony, co-hosted by Hampshire County Council and Winchester County Council, will be a tri-service event with representatives from all armed services in Hampshire attending.  Members of the public are also invited to join the cadets and veterans who will be watching the ceremony along with schoolchildren from some of the nearby schools.

The military band of the Adjutant General's Corps will lead contingencies from HMS Sultan, Worthy Down Garrison and RAF Odiham. They will march from Peninsula Barracks, down Romsey Road and up Castle Avenue to The Great Hall in Castle Yard where the flag will be presented to the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire.

The Dean of Winchester will also be at the ceremony to bless the flag. At 10.30am the Armed Forces Flag will be raised to a fanfare, and immediately after the flag-raising the National Anthem will be played. The new flag will fly until after Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June.

Local authorities across the country will be raising the new Armed Forces Flag as part of the Armed Forces Day government initiative. The flags are to be raised in unison with all the flags being raised across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, in a universal show of support, honouring Britain's Armed Forces past, present and future, and marking a moment in our history that will long be remembered with warmth and pride by the men and women who make up our Armed Forces.