Newport marks Armed Forces Day on 1 July

Posted on Wednesday 26th June 2019

Newport will commemorate Armed Forces Day with a flag raising service at 10am on Monday 1 July outside the Civic Centre.

Serving members of the armed forces, veterans and cadets will be present together with the Lord Lieutenant for Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken; the High Sheriff of Gwent, Dame Clare Clancy; and the Leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Debbie Wilcox.

The service will include a reading by the Mayor of Newport, Councillor William Routley. Members of the public are welcome to attend and should arrive by 9.50am.

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show support for the men and women who make up serving troops, to service families, veterans and cadets. It provides a much-valued morale boost for the troops and their families.

Newport City Council, which signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2016, is working with partners from the public services, charities and other community organisations to support the armed forces community in a variety of ways.

Recently, the Ministry of Defence funded an officer post, shared by Newport and Monmouthshire councils, to support youngsters whose parents are in the Armed Forces to settle into a new environment.

The HMF education support officer is able to raise awareness of the needs of service children and, if needed, provide advice to both schools and individual families to help settle in a new community.

For more information on the assistance available to the armed forces in Newport visit

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