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Raise a flag for OUR boys

PUBLISHED: 16:01 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:47 23 August 2010

COUNCIL leaders across north Kent raised flags and laid wreaths to mark a national event supporting the Armed Forces. Gravesham, Dartford and Sevenoaks Borough Council s showed their support for Armed Forces Day with ceremonies supported by former and se

COUNCIL leaders across north Kent raised flags and laid wreaths to mark a national event supporting the Armed Forces.

Gravesham, Dartford and Sevenoaks Borough Council's showed their support for Armed Forces Day with ceremonies supported by former and serving members of the armed forces on Monday.

Joining other councils across the country, flags will be flying on civic centre roofs for a week, co-ordinating with the national celebration this Saturday, with the focus of celebrations at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham.

Mayor of Gravesham Borough Council Bronwen McGarrity raised the armed forces flag at the ceremony at the New Tavern Fort, Fort Gardens, Gravesend.

She was joined by other borough councillors and more than 50 veterans, and pupils from Chantry Primary School and St Johns Primary School.

Mike Snelling, leader of the council said: "It was a very moving occasion and a suitable tribute to the armed forces.

"We were joined by army veterans from the borough, and it worked extremely well. I am very hopeful we can repeat the tribute every year."

Dartford Mayor Jennifer Rickwood and council leader Jeremy Kite laid wreaths at the Dartford War Memorial.

Sevenoaks District Council chairman John Lankester was joined by the High Sheriff of Kent Jane Rogers and representatives from the Royal British Legion and Air Cadets at a ceremony outside the council offices in Argyle Road, Sevenoaks.

Mr Lankester said: "Armed Forces Day is a chance to show our support for the men and women who make up our armed forces community.

"Currently these courageous men and women are working in the most difficult situations putting themselves in potential danger to help and protect some of the world's most vulnerable people."

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham will host the first National Armed Forces Day, complemented by hundreds of events in towns and cities across the UK.

Admiral Sir Ian Garnett, chairman of the Chatham Historic Dockland Trust, said: It is both an honour and a privilege for the Historic Dockyard to be the venue for the UK's first National Armed Forces Day.

"With over 400 years of military history, we are looking forward to arranging a family event that will recognise the many achievements of today's Armed Forces and veterans.

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