Service people past and present were joined by civic leaders for a flag raising ceremony yesterday on Bury St Edmunds’ Angel Hill to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week.
Veterans’ organisations’ standards, including that of the newly relaunched Bury and District Royal British Legion Women’s Section, were lowered during a two-minute silence as part of a short remembrance service when the Armed Forces Week flag was raised on the Abbey Gate.
The flag will fly until the close of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.
Suffolk Armed Forces Day is hosted by a different town each year. This year there will be events at Felixstowe’s Landguard Fort on Saturday and Sunday, also marking the 350th anniversary of a Dutch attack on the fort.
The programme includes military reenactments from the 17th century on, modern service people and a performance by Wattisham’s Military Wives Choir.
The full programme is at www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk/suffolk-armed-forces-weekend
Bury will host Suffolk Armed Forces Day again next year.