Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has raised the Armed Forces Flag at its headquarters to mark the start of Armed Forces Week 2023.

The ceremony was attended by Deputy Lieutenant for County Antrim, Pauline Shields OBE, representatives from Armed Forces organisations and local elected representatives.

Alderman Owen Gawith, Chair of the council’s Corporate Services Committee attended the event. He said: “Today we reflect on the service of our military men and women and 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.

“Our city has a long-established history with the Armed Forces. We support the men and women of its community including veterans, service families and cadets. Some military organisations are also Freemen of our City.”

Deputy Lieutenant for County Antrim, Pauline Shields OBE, 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 19th June when the Armed Forces Day Flag is raised on buildings and landmarks around the UK.  It culminates with Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24th June.

The raising of the flag is an acknowledgement of the bravery, commitment and achievements of the Armed Forces and a way of paying a special tribute to those who were injured or lost their lives in the line of duty.

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