The Mayor of Ipswich has asked residents to celebrate Armed Forces Week later this month by remembering the work of serving and retired personnel.
Councillor Jan Parry said: “We will be raising and flying our commemorative Armed Forces Day flags outside Ipswich Town Hall, but I am all too aware that many of us will be doing things very differently this year by not attending events on Armed Forces Day, Saturday 27th June.
“We can however take time during Armed Forces Week, which begins on Monday 22nd June, to think of our Armed Services community in Ipswich, many of whom I have had the honour to meet during my first year as Mayor, those currently serving as active military personnel, those in our reservists, our cadets units and of course all of our local veterans. We think of and thank them all for their hard work, dedication and contributions in the military community today.
“Our Armed Services work around the world in a wide range of roles: defending the UK, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers and combating terrorism, sometimes risking and indeed sometime sacrificing their lives, and they are currently helping in the Coronavirus pandemic. We pay tribute to them and thank all of them and their families.”