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Council Shows Its Support For The Armed Forces



Staff and elected members at the region’s largest local authority will celebrate civilian and

uniformed personnel on a national day to honour the armed forces community.

Durham County Council will mark Armed Forces Day 2021 by raising the official armed

forces flag at its County Hall Headquarters in Durham.


Armed Forces Day, marked this year on Saturday 26 June, is an annual opportunity for the

UK to celebrate the work of its Armed Forces and the Armed Forces community from

currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.


For the second year running, the annual Armed Forces Day will be celebrated mainly with

virtual events due to the Covid pandemic, and a national campaign is encouraging people

to post photos of themselves giving a salute to the armed forces on social media, using the

hashtag #SaluteOur Forces.


In 2018, the council received a Gold Award through the Ministry of Defence’s Employer

Recognition Scheme, which recognises employers who demonstrate positive attitudes and

policies towards serving and ex-members of the Armed Forces.


During recent years, the authority has introduced a number of policies aimed at creating

fair and equal opportunities for those who serve, including up to 10 days paid leave for

reservists and Uniformed Cadet Force Adult Volunteers to attend training.


A guaranteed interview scheme is in place for veterans, and The Armed Forces Outreach

Service is available to support and help serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their

families.


Durham County Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Paul Sexton, said “Durham

County Council is always proud to support forces personnel and their families, but this

year it seems particularly important to recognise the invaluable contribution the forces

have made to the nation’s efforts to tackle the Covid pandemic, particularly their hard work

in helping to deliver the successful vaccination programme.


“It is disappointing not to be able to celebrate Armed Forces Day with the usual larger

events this year, but our council will continue to demonstrate its commitment to our armed

services in any way we can.”


The council’s Chairman Cllr Watts Stelling and Durham’s Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Sue

Snowdon recorded special messages of support for the armed forces which are available

on Durham County Council’s You Tube Channel.