Armed Forces Week commemorated in Horsham

Horsham District Council Chairman Cllr Kate Rowbottom led a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate Armed Forces Week on Sunday 26 June at the War Memorial in Horsham’s Carfax.

A short service with prayers was conducted by Canon Lisa Barnett from St Mary’s Church Horsham.

The Alert was sounded by Cllr Martin Boffey and dedications were read by Chairman of the Horsham Branch of the Royal British Legion Zal Rustom and Cllr Kate Rowbottom.

In her dedication, Cllr Rowbottom said:

Armed Forces Day is an opportunity each year for reflection and commemoration of the dedication and sacrifice made by our country’s armed forces, reservists and cadets in protecting our security, our values and the safety and freedom of people across the globe.

We also recognise and honour the important humanitarian role played by our Armed Forces in supporting those affected, not just by conflict, but also by disaster and crisis. By acknowledging and celebrating the diverse and critical Armed Forces role we ensure that this is more widely recognised and that our young people continue to regard this as an important and fulfilling contribution to our society, safety and way of life.

This is one week in a year but the regard and sentiments we express today should be foremost in our thoughts at all times as we remember and support those who have been lost or injured in our service, their families, loved ones and colleagues.

A two minute silence was observed and at the end of the service the Armed Forces Day flag was lowered.