Newham Council shows their support for the Armed Forces

24 June 2013 in Council and democracy and Mayor and Events
In recognition of Armed Forces Day, Newham Council will be flying a special flag from both town halls all next week.
Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June raises public awareness of the contribution made by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. It provides an opportunity for people to show their support for the men and women who make up the armed forces from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

The armed forces flag will be raised on Monday at Newham Town Hall in East Ham and Old Town Hall in Stratford and will stay there until Armed Forces Day.

Recognising this important day is just one of the many ways Newham Council supports members of the armed forces. A covenant was signed by Newham Council in July 2012 which promised to support members of the armed forces based in the borough and Sir Robin Wales, the Mayor of Newham awarded the Freedom of the Borough to army battalion G Company 7 RIFLES who are based in Stratford.

Newham Council is also the first local authority in the country to prioritise members of the armed forces for social housing. Applicants must have served within the past five years and either have a job in Newham or lived in the borough before joining the services.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “We are flying this flag to recognise the bravery of our armed forces. We are very proud of the many servicemen and women who call Newham home. This is why we awarded the Freedom of the Borough to 7 RIFLES as this is the highest distinction we can bestow. Every November, we also show our respects on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday with special services to remember those from generations past as well as those who continue to fall in conflicts and wars.

“We will do all we can to support members of the armed forces and by prioritising them for social housing, we can recognise their achievement and help with their future. They sacrifice a great deal to keep us safe and deserve our support.”