Last year we hosted an Armed Forces Day event in Gadebridge Park, which attracted over 3000 people. However due to the coronavirus outbreak in the UK we were unable to hold the event in the park this year.
Although we have not been able to come together physically to commemorate the occasion, we marked the day by raising the flag at the Forum and our war memorials were cleaned and gardens manicured to look their best for Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June. We also shared inspirational stories and photographs on our website and our social media channels.
One inspirational story told the recovery of veteran plane crash survivor, Jamie Hull, formerly from Berkhamsted. Jamie, a former British Army Reservist was 32 when his plane engine caught fire during a training flight. Against the odds he survived the crash, having 60 operations and rebuilding his life to take on fundraising challenges for Help the Heroes.
We paid tribute to other local inspirations including Sue Rose and Chris Richards. Sue Rose has been the Poppy Appeal organiser for the Hemel Hempstead branch of The Royal British Legion for 23 years and won a Mayor’s Award for her volunteering. Chris Richards, a Standard Bearer for the Royal British Legion for Berkhamsted and Tring has distributed poppies for 50 years and last year made £3,000 in donations.
Cllr Julie Banks, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Regulatory Services said “Armed Forces Day was a great opportunity for us to demonstrate respect, appreciation and gratitude to our brave service men and women, both past and present.
I would also like to thank the people of Dacorum for showing their support today, and in recognising the very important work our armed forces deliver on a daily basis”.