Saluting servicemen & women ahead of Armed Forces Day

Published Friday 17 June 2022 at 15:47

On Monday Blackburn with Darwen will join many councils across the country in the annual raising of flags to show our support for our Armed Forces.

Flags will be raised at both Blackburn and Darwen Town Halls at 11am on Monday 20 June.

Residents from across the borough are welcome to join the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Council Leader, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, and Chief Executive in saluting the men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present.

Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Councillor Suleman Khonat, said:

I feel very proud to have a role in this celebration of our servicemen and women, as Mayor. Theirs is the ultimate public service.

I’m looking forward to seeing our borough come together to show our appreciation for all their hard work, their bravery and their commitment to serving our country.

Councillor Phil Riley, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said:

From deployments abroad in response to the invasion of Ukraine to deployments at home during the COVID pandemic, our Armed Forces are essential to our national defence, as well as our national resilience. Armed Forces Day gives us an opportunity to say thank you.

Monday’s flag raising ceremonies in Blackburn and Darwen take place ahead of National Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June.

Armed Forces Day, held on the last Saturday in June every day, gives everyone the opportunity to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community – from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

Find out more about Armed Forces Day at

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