The Armed Forces Flag is flying at County Hall Chichester this week commencing Monday June 23 in celebration of Armed Forces Day.
Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday June 28 and is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve, and have served, in the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces.
It allows the nation to come together and show support for the men and women who make up her Majesty’s Armed Forces including those currently on active duty in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as ex-service veterans, cadets, trainees and their families.
West Sussex County Council signed the Community Covenant in July 2012 along with almost 400 other Local Government Authorities up and down the country.
The Community Covenant supports, at a local level, the Armed Forces Covenant which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the Government and the Armed Forces.
It recognises the contribution of those who serve, and have served, in our Armed Services and ensures that we, in return, do not disadvantage them in what we do in terms of policies we develop and services we provide.
This is particularly relevant to our Reserve Forces who are expected to grow in numbers over the next few years as part of the Government’s recent defence review.
West Sussex County Council’s Military Champion, and vice chairman of the council Nigel Peters said: “We are proud to be flying the Armed Forces Flag at County Hall this week in recognition of Armed Forces Day and the incredible men and women who contribute to the defence of this country.
“With the number of Reserve Forces increasing, some of them West Sussex County Council employees themselves, it is important that we support and encourage them in both their civilian role and their armed service duties.
“As a local employer, West Sussex County Council remains committed to continuing to develop policies and a support framework that allows them to make the transition between active duty and their civilian career. It is now more important than ever that this stance is echoed by local businesses throughout the county as well.”