Come out in force to support Hertfordshire's Armed Forces Week!

Published: 14 Jun 2019

Hertfordshire residents are being asked to show their appreciation during Armed Forces Week (24-29 June) for the men and women across the county who are serving, or have served, in the military services.

Hertfordshire County Council is a signatory to The Armed Forces Covenant, a commitment from public and private organisations to support the active and retired Armed Forces community, operating locally under the name Hertfordshire Heroes.

Armed Forces Week is a chance to show support for currently serving troops, including reservists, as well as veterans, cadets and their families. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the county to show their support and get involved on Saturday 29 June with Armed Forces Day events.

The week of kicks off at County Hall next Monday (24 June) when county council Chairman, Colette Wyatt-Lowe will be hosting a flag raising event, joined by military personnel, veterans, local dignitaries, council officers and cadets.

Cllr Wyatt Lowe said: “As a signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant, Hertfordshire County Council is honoured and privileged to commemorate Armed Forces Week and recognise the brave men and women who serve, or have served, their country.

“As well as organising community events and raising awareness of our military residents, the week will focus on supporting our reserve forces and also our current veterans, whose selfless contributions span from World War II to more recent conflicts.

“We are enormously proud of the selfless and valiant efforts of all our brave servicemen and women to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude. This is why Armed Forces Week is so important in recognising their sacrifices and raising awareness to ensure they are given the community support they so richly deserve.”

Residents and organisations are invited to show their support by attending the commemorative community events to raise awareness of the week, which culminates with Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June.

Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board Chairman, Cllr Terry Douris said: “Hertfordshire Heroes is a vital lifeline for our military residents and workers as it promotes understanding and awareness of the armed forces community.

“It does this through developing strong relationships with these communities and by supporting activities which help integrate both serving and ex-military personnel into local life, enlisting the help of residents and organisations to make this possible.

“Throughout the week and on Armed Forces Day, there are opportunities to show your support for the military community in a number of ways, from attending a flag raising event or by hosting a party or other local gathering, all to raise awareness for the county’s unsung heroes and heroines.”

Through the Covenant, Hertfordshire Heroes provides support to those who need it, including personnel looking at leaving the service and returning to “Civvy Street”, and requiring support with work, housing or schooling.

There are an estimated 36,000 veterans living in Hertfordshire based on the 2015 Defence Statistics Annual Survey, with approximately 225 children of military families attending Hertfordshire schools.