In a simple ceremony today civic dignitaries joined old and serving service people to mark the week leading up to Armed Services’ Day.
Traffic slowed, and sometimes stopped, as a short service conducted by the Mayor of St Edmundsbury’s chaplain Revered Canon Matthew Vernon was followed by the Last Post, two minutes silence and Reveille. The ceremony was organised by the Royal British Legion.
An honour guard was provided by Wattisham’s 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps whose colleagues with 662 Squadron, with their Apache attack helicopters, are still providing air cover to our troops in Afghanistan.
Mayor of St Edmundsbury Robert Everitt said: “The borough has always had a close relationship with Wattisham and Honington and all the other military bases in the area and it’s an honour to be able to commemorate the Armed Forces’ role.”
Afterwards, the Armed Forces Day flag was raised on the Abbey Gate. It will be presented to 6 Army Air Corps, as part of a ceremony to mark Armed Forces Day at 4.15pm on Saturday.