Westminster City Council today hosted a special day of events to mark its commitment to support Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and the families of serving personnel.
The Lord Mayor, Cllr Steve Summers, led council officials and uniformed senior officers in a ceremony to unveil the Armed Forces Day Flag in the Mayor’s Parlour at Westminster City Hall, as the nation builds up to mark Armed Forces Day. The council also reiterated its pledge to support the wider forces community at the annual Armed Forces Community Covenant review meeting.
The events highlighted the leadership being shown by Westminster City Council in providing forces’ personnel and their families in the borough with the welfare and support they need, as well as raising wider awareness about the work of the military.
The Lord Mayor paid tribute to the bravery and contribution of our Armed Forces to our country and to Westminster, and expressed gratitude on behalf of the City for their service.
Cllr Summers said: “Westminster has a strong historical and cultural bond with our Armed Forces. Many of the iconic symbols and images of our nation, recognisable around the world, are connected to Westminster. We come here today to honour those serving in our city, and their families. As a trustee of the city, I pledge that this Council will seek to lead the way in supporting, championing and working with our Armed Forces.”
Westminster’s Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Rachael Robathan, said: “This is an important year to remember, particularly with commemorations around World War One and the Somme. We should never forget that it is through the continued selfless commitment of men and women in military uniform, we are able to live in peace and prosperity. We are grateful for all that our Armed Forces do and are constantly working to show our gratitude, through regular events, school workshops and community activities which ensure their contribution to our nation is valued and appreciated.”
Colonel Crispin Lockhart MBE, Chief of Staff for London District, said: “Since signing the Armed Forces Community Covenant on 26 June 2012, Westminster City Council has worked closely with Defence and have built an excellent working relationship benefiting both the military and civilian communities. Westminster City Council has been hugely successful in securing funding through the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme for a number of grants which has enhanced military and civilian integration. We are extremely grateful and look forward to a continued relationship for mutual benefit.”
Westminster City Council will be continuing its work with the Armed Forces by commemorating the WW1 Victoria Cross recipient Brigadier General John Vaughan Campbell at a special event at Victoria Embankment in September this year.