The Armed Forces Flag was raised at Lagan Valley Island today (24 June) to mark the start of Armed Forces Week 2024. 

The ceremony, which was conducted by our Mayor, was attended by the Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, and representatives from Armed Forces organisations as well local elected representatives and other dignitaries.

The event forms part of a nationwide week of acknowledgment and celebration in support of the unwavering commitment of UK’s Armed Forces community.

Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Kurtis Dickson, said: “This dedicated week provides an opportunity to acknowledge publicly, the selfless service, sacrifice and invaluable contribution of men and women from across the Council area who have served their country whether in the Army, Navy or RAF, both at home and abroad. 

“Our city has a long-established history with the Armed Forces, being home to Thiepval Barracks, the Army’s Headquarters in Northern Ireland. Today there are currently over 1,000 people from Lisburn & Castlereagh across all regular and reserve units and 400 cadets working within the armed forces community.”

It is important that we show respect for their dedication and achievements. We also remember their families who live with both pride and worry for their loved ones as they fight for the freedom of others.”

Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, raised the Armed Forces Flag. A two-minute silence took place to remember the Armed Forces - past, present and future.

Armed Forces Week begins on Monday 24th June when the Armed Forces Day Flag is raised on buildings and landmarks around the UK.  It culminates with Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29th June.

For further information on Armed Forces Week go to