Service people past and present joined with civic dignitaries today to raise the Armed Forces Day flag over Bury St Edmunds.
Traffic came to a halt in Bury St Edmunds’ Angel Hill for a short ceremony to raise the flag on the Abbey Gatehouse’s flagpole, where it will fly until Armed Forces Day, which is on Saturday.
Mayor’s Chaplain Rev Canon Matthew Vernon led the short prayer service and ex-service organisations’ colours were lowered after bugler Simon Foster played the Last Post to begin the two minutes silence.
After the Reveille was played, the Kohima Prayer was read: “When you go home, tell them of us and say:’For your tomorrow we gave our today’.”
The flag was then raised.
Representatives of all the armed forces were there.
They included members of the Royal Anglian Regiment, whose regimental headquarters is in Bury, Wattisham’s Army Air Corps and the RAF Regiment from Honington as well as Bury’s Sea Cadets.
St Edmundsbury Mayor Patrick Chung said afterwards: “It’s nice to have the link with as well as the support of the military in the town.
“It is a very close link and it is a two way thing.”