A number of local organisations and community groups will re-sign the East Riding’s Armed Forces Community Covenant on Sunday, 1 July as part of Beverley Armed Forces Day.
The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between East Riding of Yorkshire Council, local representatives of the public, charitable and voluntary sectors, the civilian community and the armed forces community in the form of a written pledge.
The covenant recognises the need to do as much as possible to ensure armed forces personnel, veterans and their families have the support they need and are treated with the dignity they deserve.
Among those who will be signing the covenant is Councillor Margaret Chadwick, chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Susan Cunliffe-Lister, Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding, and Councillor David Elvidge, the council’s armed forces champion.
“As a nation, we understand the debt we owe to our armed forces,” said Councillor Chadwick.
“To be in the armed services is to commit to putting your life on the line at a moment’s notice.
“It is because of our shared gratitude for this service and sacrifice that the council and its partners will be re-signing the Armed Forces Community Covenant in Beverley on Sunday and committing ourselves to do all we can to support our armed forces, both those who are serving and veterans, and their families.”
The council first signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012.
Councillor Elvidge said:
“It is fitting that the council and its partners will re-sign the Armed Forces Community Covenant this year, as 2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and the centenary of the Royal Air Force.
“Beverley Armed Forces Day is one of 300 events taking place across the country and gives a welcome opportunity to do two things.
“Firstly, to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in the armed forces and, secondly, to show our support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community which includes all those who serve in the armed forces, whether regular or reserve, those who have served in the past and their families.”
The Armed Forces Community Covenant will be re-signed at a ceremony in Saturday Market, Beverley, from 12.30pm on Sunday, 1 July.
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