VIDEO: Armed Forces flag raising

The Armed Forces Day flag has been raised at Boston’s War Memorial today (Monday) to show support for past and present personnel.

Mayor of Boston Coun Paul Kenny raised the flag following a presentation by veterans Brian Thornton, president of the Boston branch of the Royal Naval Association, and Ken Horner, treasurer of Boston branch of the Royal Air Forces Association.

Armed Forces flag raising

Armed Forces flag raising

The Act of Homage was delivered by Paul Duddigan, president of Boston Royal British Legion while the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire was represented by Mrs Joan Ashton MBE, Deputy Lieutenant of Lincolnshire.

The Commanding Officer of RAF Coningsby, Group Captain Stringer, was in attendance with Station Warrant Officer Kenny Watson.

The flag has also been raised at the municipal buildings in West Street.

The Boston branch of The Royal British Legion and the Forces, Family and Friends Support Circle will be in Veterans Way, Wide Bargate, on Saturday, June 29, from 10am-3pm, to give help, support and advice.

Alison Lynch, the RBL Force Family and Friends Support Group Co-ordinator, said: “Boston is my home town and having lived the life of a military wife for the last 14 years it is gratifying to see support for something to be proud of.”

She added: “Armed Forces Day raises public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

“It also gives the nation an opportunity to show their support to the men and women who make up our Armed Forces community, whether current service personnel or the families and friends who wholeheartedly show commitment to their loved ones while delivering their service commitments, or even meeting the cadets who are the future generation of our serving community.”

The branch will be having a prize draw to raise funds for the legion.

Prizes include a weekend test drive of an Audi TT donated by Boston Audi, an inside hangar tour for Lincolnshire Aviation at East Kirby and numerous shopping and meal vouchers. Tickets are £1 each or £5 per book.

The central part to the day will be a service of thanksgiving and commemoration at the War Memorial at 10.50am.

The service will be started and brought to a close by the Coningsby Military Wives Choir and will be see the RBL announce their Armed Forces Hero and Armed Forces Family Hero.