Hackney marks armed forces day

The Deputy Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Clare Potter, helped the borough mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June by paying tribute to Hackney’s service men and women.

Cllr Potter, along with Cllr Sharon Patrick and Cllr Michael Desmond, were joined by service men and women and the borough’s cadets, including 3 Military Intelligence Battalion (3MI), the Reserve Force Battalion, which holds the Freedom of the Borough, as well as veterans and voluntary organisations for the flag raising ceremony.

The moving ceremony included a parade and an address from Lieutenant Colonel R E F Morris, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Hackney. There was also time for reflection, to think about those who have served and those who continue to serve in the armed forces.

Deputy Speaker, Cllr Clare Potter
I would like to thank all the current and former service men and women in Hackney and across the UK for their valuable work. It is important that as a community we celebrate armed forces day and show our appreciation for those who serve our country.
Deputy Speaker, Cllr Clare Potter

Over the last decade The London Borough of Hackney 3MI has deployed 440 soldiers and officers of active service. Armed Forces day is a national celebration of those men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. It gives a much valued morale boost to the troops and their families and also allows the community to pay tribute to Armed Forces personnel past and present.