Merton Council is flying the flag this week (22 June – 29 June) as part of the national celebrations for Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June.
Merton Mayor Councillor Nick Draper and Merton Council Chief Executive Ged Curran were both present when the special Armed Forces Day Union flag was raised outside the council’s civic centre on Monday 22 June, in honour of the thousands of men and women who risk their lives to protect their country.
Merton Mayor Councillor Nick Draper said: ‘The armed forces are not only trying to maintain peace in Iraq and Afghanistan, they are also here at home protecting us and coping with more domestic issues. When people’s homes were flooded in the heavy rains a couple of years ago, it was the army that found shelter for those made homeless and delivered fresh water to those who needed it.
‘The armed forces well deserve our respect and our gratitude.’
Merton Council Leader Councillor David Williams said: ‘Our armed forces have the often daunting responsibility of defending our interests at home and abroad as well as often looking after those in desperate need in other countries, braving dangerous political situations to deliver vital humanitarian aid. Sometimes they have had to pay the ultimate price.
‘I am delighted we in Merton have this chance to show them how much we value what they have done and what they continue to do.’
– The Armed Forces Day Union Flag is a half Union Jack flag overprinted with ‘Armed Forces Day 27 June 09’