City raises the flag in honour of Armed Forces

The official Armed Forces Day flag has been hoisted above the City Chambers in Edinburgh as the city gets ready to honour Armed Forces personnel with a packed day of events this Saturday (29 June).

The flag was escorted down the Royal Mile by the National Standards of the Royal British Legion Scotland and presented to the Capital’s Deputy Lord Provost by the Chairman of Veterans Scotland, Colonel Martin Gibson OBE DL.

Deputy Lord Provost, Councillor Deidre Brock, said: “This city has a long and proud tradition of supporting the Armed Forces and today we have raised the flag above the City Chambers to serve as poignant reminder of all those who have fought on our behalf.

“We owe a huge debt to both serving personnel and veterans for the risks that they take to keep us safe and I’m looking forward to Armed Forces Day this Saturday where we can show our gratitude.

“We’re hoping to welcome thousands of serving personnel and veterans to Princes Street Gardens for a fun, family-friendly event in celebration of these men and women's bravery and dedication to duty."

Joining the Deputy Lord Provost at today’s ceremony were representatives of the Armed Forces: Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie, Commanding Officer,
City of Edinburgh University Officer Training Corps; Commander Mark Buchan-Steele Royal Navy, Chief of Staff for Royal Naval Headquarters (Scotland & Northern Ireland); Squadron Commander Jerry Riley, RAF Leuchars; and Colonel Philip Bates, Commander of Edinburgh Garrison.

Saturday’s events start at 1pm with a combined Veteran, cadet and military parade from the Grassmarket to the Ross Theatre in Princes Street Gardens.

A packed afternoon of family entertainment then kicks off with various performers taking to the stage. These include the Royal Scots Association Band and Lowland Band of the Royal Regiment, highland dancers, drill display teams and live music.

The programme concludes at 5pm with a 30-minute Ceremony of Beating Retreat by the Royal Scots Association Band, 3 Rifles Bugle Band, the pipe band of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada and Lowland Band of the Royal Regiment.

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