Armed Forces Flag Day Ceremony

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On June 24th at 10am, in what is rapidly becoming a traditional and annual ceremony, the AFD flag was again raised at Perceval Square Stornoway.

It marked the community’s high regard and great respect for the members of the Armed Forces.

The salute was taken by Sheriff Colin Scott Mackenzie DL on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant while the flag was raised by Chairman Francis Jefferson of the Royal British Legion in Stornoway, with a Colour Party from the RBL in attendance and an honour section from the local ATC.

There were a small number of interested spectators including a few councillors.

Sheriff Mackenzie delivered a short address to those assembled to express the Crown’s thanks for all that the Armed Forces had done over the past 200 years, and were still doing, to protect both our shores and the nation’s interests abroad. Their contributions over the years were unsurpassed by any other community in the three kingdoms, he said.

The Comhairle was represented by the Convener Mr Norman Macdonald who expressed the community’s gratitude to all those who had paid the supreme sacrifice in many conflicts and to those who continue in present days to defend our cause.

Later this month, but in this same connection, a parade will take place before the Lord Lieutenant, Sandy Matheson, led, it is hoped, by the Lewis Pipe Band.