City raises the flag in honour of Armed Forces

The official Armed Forces Day flag has been raised in Edinburgh today (25 June) as the city prepares to honour service personnel past and present with a packed day of events on Saturday (30 June).

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

The Rt Hon Donald Wilson, Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, said: "We raised the Armed Forces Day flag at the City Chambers this morning to show our continued support and gratitude for the risks both serving personnel and veterans take to keep us safe.

"Edinburgh has a long and proud tradition of supporting the Armed Forces and raising this flag at the City Chambers will serve as a poignant reminder of all those who have fought on our behalf.

"On Saturday [30 June], we are looking forward to welcoming thousands of serving personnel and veterans to Princes Street Gardens for a fun, family-friendly event to celebrate these men and women's bravery and dedication to duty."

Joining the Lord Provost at today's ceremony were representatives of the Armed Forces: Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie, Commanding Officer, City of Edinburgh Universities Officer Training Corps; Commander Mark Buchan-Steele Royal Navy, Chief of Staff for Royal Naval Headquarters (Scotland & Northern Ireland); Wing Commander Nicholas Stringer, Officer Commanding Operations Wing, 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 King Stables Road 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 SCOTS Mil Afghan Rock Band, 1940s dance troupe Kennedy Cupcakes, highland dancers and a jazz band.

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