MEMBERS of the armed forces, past and present, were honoured on Saturday at a special Armed Forces Day.
The flag unfurling took place ahead of the event, on June 20 at the Civic Centre in Motherwell, and was attended by veterans from the Cameronian Regiment, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force, Royal Engineers Cumbernauld (124), Highland Light Infantry and representatives from other forces who have served in places such as North Africa, Cyprus and Italy
North Lanarkshire Council Provost Tom Curley unfurled the flag while Deputy Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Brian Miller was also present.
Provost Curley said: “Britain’s armed forces have played such a vital role in many well documented campaigns, but more importantly, have helped to bring freedom, safety and security for many people around the world.
“Support for the armed services has always been strong in North Lanarkshire and all who attended appreciated the opportunity to recognise their important contribution.
“Following the flag ceremony, I had the pleasure of speaking to many of the veterans and young cadets at a civic function in their honour. Our thoughts are also with all those who are involved in operations across the world, and we are proud to acknowledge the job they are doing.”
Depute Provost Jim Robertson is armed forces champion for Lanarkshire and took part in this year’s ceremony.
He added: “Armed Forces Day provides an annual opportunity for people to show support for the men and women of the forces, their families, veterans and the cadet forces and is an important occasion here in North Lanarkshire.”