The flag of the armed forces will be flying from Borough Hall in Bedford this week in support of Armed Forces Day on 26 June.
To acknowledge the contribution made by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, special flag-raising ceremonies take place around the country each year.
In Bedford Borough, a flag-raising ceremony was held at Borough Hall on Monday 21 June and the Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson, was also joined by local dignitaries and a pipe player.
Other ceremonies took place at Chicksands and in Luton, attended by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis. They are a time to reflect on conflicts past and present.
Speaking after the ceremony, the Lord-Lieutenant said: “It was an honour to join with colleagues from our Armed Forces and with dignitaries from across Bedfordshire, to show our respect for the brave men and women who work so hard to protect us and the values for which our nation stands.
“We remember those who have sacrificed so much in the past and we honour colleagues of today, many of whom are, as we speak, helping us to come through the pandemic. We fly the flag as a symbol of our gratitude always.”