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Badges of honour for service veterans

People who have served in the armed forces are being invited to a special ceremony this summer to honour their courage and sacrifice in both war and peace.

HM Armed Forces Badge

Fenland District Council is organising another Veterans Day celebration on Friday, June 29, to recognise our armed forces veterans and their service to our country.

The event will include a thanksgiving service at St Mary's Church in Whittlesey, followed by lunch at the Childers Sports and Social Club in Station Road, Whittlesey.

At the heart of the celebration will be the presentation of the HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge to anyone who has served in the Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force who has not previously had one presented to them. Veterans of all ages, men and women, are entitled to receive a badge, regardless of length of service, including Volunteer and Regular Reserves.

Any veterans who want to take part must register their names with the Council as soon as possible - and by Tuesday, May 1, at the latest to ensure that the correct number of badges can be ordered from the Veterans Agency.

The badges will be presented by the new High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Dr Andrew Harter, CBE.

This year's ceremony comes a day before the official Armed Forces Day on June 30, when other events to celebrates our armed forces will be held across the UK.

A special Armed Forces Day flag will also be flown outside Fenland Hall in County Road, March.

Chairman of Fenland District Council, Cllr Mrs Kay Mayor, said: "On previous occasions, our Veterans Day celebration has been a wonderful and very moving day with a great turnout.

"The armed forces serve the nation and the world not only in terms of war but also through their peacekeeping and humanitarian work and in emergency operations such as search and rescue.

"All those who serve in them have earned everyone's respect and gratitude for their work and this year's special celebration will once again be a way of showing it. It will be a privilege to be able to host it."

Article added: March 19, 2018