South Ayrshire Council supported Armed Forces Day in 2015
People across South Ayrshire are being asked to come out and show their support for Armed Forces Day 2016. The Council will be raising a flag at a special ceremony on Saturday 18 June, County Buildings, Wellington Square, Ayr (Flagpole, Place St. Germain-en-Laye).
Armed Forces Day is a national campaign which takes place across the country, highlighting ceremonies and events which raise public awareness of the work the armed forces carry out both at home and abroad.
The ceremony will be attended by members of the armed services as well as cadets and is a chance to remember sacrifices past and present and to recognise their hard work delivering aid and supporting people across the world.
The event comes the week after South Ayrshire Council held a Homecoming Parade for The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, where 400 troops were cheered through Ayr Town Centre by large crowds.
Provost of South Ayrshire, Helen Moonie, said, "We're proud to celebrate the important work our Armed Forces do around the world and this event is a small way of recognising their dedication and support.
"2016 is a particularly poignant year given it marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles in history, something which brings back the reality of what people can face in the service of their country.
"This year our ceremony comes ahead of the Holy Fair Armed Forces Day which gives people the chance to meet and learn from these men and women first hand, which is something that I hope they'll choose to do."
The Armed Forces flag raising ceremony takes place on Saturday 18th June, at Wellington Square, Ayr (Place St. Germain-en-Laye) with guests assembling at the flagpole at 11.20am ahead of the ceremony at 11.30am.
The ceremony takes place ahead of The Holy Fair Armed Forces Day between 1-4pm, Low Green, Ayr. This features a pipe band competition, military attractions, and fun family activities, meaning people will be able to meet with Armed Forces personnel and learn about their work first hand.
You can get more information on events taking place on and before national Armed Forces Day on the 27 June by clicking on this link.