Argyll and Bute Council has expressed its support for Armed Forces Day, which will be celebrated in Lochgilphead on 6 July.
A national event is held in Nottingham on 29 June, and events take place throughout the country, including some which have already taken place in Argyll and Bute. A flag-raising will also take place, attended by armed forces veteran Councillor Donnie MacMillan, in Lochgilphead on 26 June.
Argyll and Bute has a long and proud association with the military, through the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and also through the strategic naval importance of the area. Mindful of these important links, the council is a signatory to the Military Covenant and key local organisations have come together in the Community Covenant Partnership in order to share knowledge, experience and
expertise and to give active and positive support to the armed forces community.
Argyll and Bute Armed Forces Champion Councillor Maurice Corry said
‘Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. It gives communities an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces, from veterans to cadets and their families.
‘The Community Covenant which Argyll and Bute Council signed recognises that there are areas in which servicemen and women may face disadvantage, and that there were steps that the council could take to prevent this. It also provides an opportunity for us to share knowledge, experience and expertise to give active and positive support to the armed forces community.’
The third Lochgilphead celebration of Armed Forces Day will include a muster for veterans at the Drill Hall at 11.00am, and parade and inspection at 12pm. Depute Provost Dougie Philand and Councillor Donnie MacMillan will be in attendance. Organisers will also welcome Peter Minshall, Chief Executive of Houses for Heroes which houses disabled ex-service personnel in Scotland. Mr Minshall swam the Corryvreckan whirlpool in July 2012 to help raise funds to house returning Afghanistan veterans.
Senior Army Spokesperson Martine McNee said:
Armed Forces Day is something that brings all communities in Scotland and the UK together to celebrate those from our community who do an incredible job. Everyone knows someone who is serving or has served in the Armed Forces. It is not just those who go off to conflict, but those who bring so much back to our communities in the form of assistance to Local Authorities, help in major events such as the Olympics and other such smaller scale operations across the country. It is a chance for the communities from which these people come to say thanks and for Armed Forces Personnel to acknowledge this in return.
After the parade and inspection, a gala afternoon of activities is planned, with charity and local businesses hosting stalls on the Green, Highland dancing, and face painting for children. Everyone is welcome, and organisers hope for a good turn-out in support of our armed forces serving personnel and veterans.