Flags have been raised throughout the country today on buildings and famous landmarks as a mark of respect and appreciation for the work of the Armed Forces.
Joining the Mayor at the ceremony today were Mr Trevor Sturgess Deputy Lieutenant - representing the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, members of 36 Engineer Regiment and Queen’s Gurkha Engineers based at Invicta Park Barracks, with prayers led by The Very Rev John S Richardson.
Maidstone Mayor - Cllr Mortimer said:
This is such an important event in the Mayoral Calendar and I am honoured to have been part of this ceremony today.
It is an opportunity for us all to collectively show our gratitude for the amazing work of all members of our Armed Forces. They are all a credit to our country, from cadets, veterans, reservists and all Armed Forces personnel whether they are currently serving or retired.
I am grateful that this occasion and this special week of celebration offers us the chance to thank them and to pay tribute to the families and friends of all those past and present serving members of the Armed Forces, as without their incredible support it would be very difficult to do their job.
The flag, which was raised on a mobile mast today, was moved to the top of Maidstone’s Town Hall at the end of the ceremony where it will fly for the rest of the week.