Armed Forces tribute as Hampshire honours military personnel, veterans and families

Hampshire County Council has raised the Armed Forces Flag to celebrate Hampshire’s military and defence community, and to mark Armed Forces Week (20-25 June)

Jun 21 2022

Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Rear Admiral Iain Henderson CB CBE DL; Chairman of the County Council, Councillor Marge Harvey, Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Rob Humby; and the County Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Andrew Joy were joined outside the Great Hall in Winchester (Monday June 20) by Cadet Corporal Leah Murby, who raised the Armed Forces flag, and Luisa Armitage, trumpeter from the County Youth Orchestra who played the Hampshire Fanfare.

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant said: “On behalf of HM Lord-Lieutenant, it is an honour to pay tribute to the commitment and dedication of our military personnel, veterans, and their families. Hampshire is home to a large Armed Forces community of whom we are proud. We offer our sincere gratitude for their service and sacrifice.” 

County Council Leader, Councillor Rob Humby, added: “It is so important to highlight the enormous contribution of everyone involved in our Armed Forces, both to our county and to the UK. The County Council is committed to supporting everyone working in this sector and their families in all we do. As part of this, we are delighted to have been recognised with a Ministry of Defence Gold Award for our work to support and encourage Reservists who are employed by the Authority.”

Armed Forces Week runs from 20-25 June culminating with Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June: www.armedforcesday.org.uk https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme is awarded to employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

For more details on the County Council’s strong links with the Armed Forces, visit www.hants.gov.uk/community/armedforces