The people of Essex will honour Britain’s servicemen and women with a variety of special events to mark Armed Forces Day.
On Monday 19 June, local authorities nationwide will hoist flags in unison to celebrate Armed Forces Day, which falls on Saturday 24 June.
The Chairman of Essex County Council, Cllr John Aldridge, will be joined by Cllr Susan Barker, Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customer, to raise a specially commissioned flag on the steps of County Hall.
Armed Forces Day gives communities a chance to show their support for serving troops, service families, veterans and cadets and there are celebrations planned across the county.
One of the biggest events is at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome near Maldon – one of just 10 surviving First World War airfields and the only one to remain almost untouched since the war stopped 99 years ago.
The free public event on 24 June is open from 11am until 3pm with a parade and flag-raising ceremony at 1pm.
There will be so much to see and explore with displays of military vehicles, guided tours of the site, airside activities, a Cadet Force challenge and much more.
In Chelmsford there is also a community concert on July 1, plus parades in Southend, Romford, Canvey Island and Saffron Walden on June 24.
In the Saffron Walden celebration, 33 Engineer Regiment from nearby Carver Barracks will exercise their freedom of the Uttlesford District by marching through the town to the Market Square where they will be presented with medals. Then an afternoon of fun is planned on The Common where there will be activities for children, a live band, fun fair and military vehicle display.
Cllr Aldridge said: “Essex has a proud military history so we must continue to celebrate and remember everyone who defends our country.
“I am honoured to show our support for Britain’s servicemen and women, past and present, on this special occasion.”