Military's 'Courage And Commitment' Praised At Armed Forces Day Flag-Raising

London Mayor Sadiq Khan was speaking at the ceremony, held in the capital, ahead of Saturday’s Armed Forces Day.

The Mayor of London has paid tribute to the dedication of the UK Armed Forces at an Armed Forces Day flag-raising ceremony in London.

Sadiq Khan attended Monday’s event, which took place outside City Hall but was reduced in size due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday - a chance for the nation to show support for the UK’s military community.

Although the the 2020 event will not take place in its physical form, communities across the country are being encouraged to show the support for service personnel from home on 27 June.

"Armed Forces Day is a time to reflect on the immense contribution made by the men and women who serve and protect our country," Mr Khan said.

"We must never underestimate the sacrifice they make to keep us safe, and although we are not able to gather together in our usual numbers, we must continue to reflect and pay tribute to the courage and commitment of our service personnel, past and present."

Monday's ceremony was held ahead of Saturday's national Armed Forces Day (Picture: Mayor of London).

This year's national event was due to be hosted in Scarborough, but it was postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The town will instead host the 2021 national event.

Wing Commander Chris Owen represented all three services of the UK Armed Forces at the flag-raising ceremony in London, joining the mayor and Navin Shah, Chair of the London Assembly.

"I was proud to represent the London Assembly today as we raised the Armed Forces flag to show our support to all those who have served our country," said Mr Shah.

"This year, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of VE Day; a strong reminder of the sacrifices our armed forces made to keep us safe.

"Around the world today, our armed forces are promoting peace and security, fighting terrorism, and delivering aid.

"We will always be grateful for their protection."

Also among those present were Deputy Mayor of London, Joanne McCartney, and Len Duvall OBE, Chair of the City Hall Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Cover image: London Mayor Sadiq Khan speaks at Monday's flag-raising ceremony (Picture: Mayor of London).