A SPECIAL Armed Forces Day flag was raised at Aberdeenshire Council headquarters on Monday.
Aberdeenshire Provost, Councillor Jill Webster, led the event with a speech paying tribute to those serving in the country’s Armed Forces.
She said: “The decision to serve our country, particularly at a time of continuing conflict in Afghanistan, is one which takes enormous courage. The sacrifices made by these brave men and women cannot and will not be forgotten.”
Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, James Ingleby, said: “The Royal Regiment of Scotland, both the regulars and the members of the Territorial Army, continue to play a pivotal role.
“Our thoughts today must be with all our troops who are presently deployed throughout the world who have committed themselves to ensuring a safer future for us all.”
Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire, Carol Kinghorn, recounted to the audience of her trip aboard a boat in the Royal Flotilla with her husband as part of the Diamond Jubilee earlier this month.
She said: “At the head of the flotilla was the Royal barge, the 94ft long Gloriana, a boat powered by 18 oarsmen, amongst whom were three servicemen who lost limbs in Iraq or Afghanistan. It is people such as all of these to whom we pay tribute today.”
They were joined by Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Thorp, commanding officer of the Aberdeen Universities Officers Training Corps, who said: “North-east Scotland and Aberdeenshire can be proud of its military heritage.
“For many years servicemen and women from this area have served in the British Armed Forces either locally at the former bases such as RAF Dyce, or around the globe.
The speeches were followed by a two-minute silence before the commemorative flag was raised by Cadet Warrant Officer Andrew Low, of 865 (Portlethen) Squadron Air Cadets. He was joined by Leading Cadet Ross Lawson, of Stonehaven and District (475) Unit Sea Cadets, and Nathan Smith, Cadet Company Sergeant Major, 2nd Battalion The Highlanders.
The Armed Forces Day flag will fly until Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 30.
Now in its fourth year, the national event is a chance for everyone in the country to recognise the hard work and dedication of personnel representing Britain across the world.