Armed forces honoured

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MILITARY-themed events are taking place around South Yorkshire ahead of celebrations to mark Armed Forces and Veterans Day.

On Monday, Sheffield Army Cadet Force will welcome Lord Mayor Coun Sylvia Dunkley to Somme Barracks, West Street, for a visit during the evening, when she will view demonstrations by the cadet detachments based at the barracks.

The event will also be attended by representatives of the Royal British Legion and the Army Benevolent Fund charity.

Also on Monday, at 10.15am, a ceremony to raise the Armed Forces Day flag will take place outside Rotherham Town Hall, on Doncaster Road, when members of the Territorial Army and retired armed forces personnel will gather with the Mayor, Shaun Wright.

A piper will play as the flag is raised on the Town Hall flag pole, and the standard will remain for the next two weeks.

In Chesterfield on Monday, Mayor Peter Barr will join war veterans, young cadets, members of the public and schoolchildren in raising the Armed Forces Day flag by the war memorial opposite the Town Hall at 10.30am.

On Wednesday, Chesterfield’s Mayor and Mayoress will walk from the Town Hall to Eastwood Hall, Rose Hill, where there will be displays for public viewing from 1pm to 4pm and soldiers attending in full military dress.

Displays will also be prepared by local ex service associations, service welfare organisations, Territorial Army soldiers, cadet forces and Chesterfield Museum.

Schoolchildren will view the displays and talk to veterans about their life experiences and the mayor will present veterans’ badges to local ex servicemen and women.

And on Saturday, June 25, Armed Forces Day events include a parade in Sheffield city centre followed by a reception at the Town Hall, while in Rotherham, there will be a march through the town centre, with TA personnel, cadets and ex-service personnel attending.

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