Colchester celebrates Armed Forces Day with flag raising ceremony

PUBLISHED: 18 June 2024

Colchester will join the nation in celebrating Armed Forces Day with a flag-raising ceremony on Monday, 24 June.

The ceremony, commencing at 11am on the steps of the Town Hall, will see the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag as well as the flying of the Pegasus flag of the 16 Air Assault Brigade, stationed in Colchester. This event signifies the start of a week-long national celebration culminating on 29 June in Scarborough.

The ceremony will be led by Colchester’s Mayor, Cllr Lesley Scott-Boutell, accompanied by Garrison and Colchester City Council representatives. The public are encouraged to attend and show their support.

Mayor Scott-Boutell highlighted the importance of the event: “Raising the Armed Forces Day flag is a chance to express our deepest gratitude to the entire military community for their unwavering dedication to protecting our nation.
"We are especially grateful to the brave men and women of the British Army's airborne forces based here in Colchester, as well as veterans around the world. Their sacrifices, both at home and abroad, ensure our continued freedom, safety, and security. This is our opportunity to take stock, appreciate what they have achieved and thank them.”

Lieutenant Colonel Ed Rankin, Commander of Colchester Garrison, said: “Armed Forces Day is a chance for the nation to thank the military community for its service. Colchester Garrison is hugely proud of the deep and longstanding bond that exists between the military and civilian communities in Colchester.

“The raising of the Armed Forces Day flag and the Pegasus flag on Colchester Town Hall is a strong symbol of that mutually supportive relationship. We look forward to celebrating that tie at the 16 Air Assault Brigade and Colchester Garrison Show on Saturday.”

Don't miss the FREE Colchester Garrison Show at Abbey Field on Saturday, June 29th! Witness the skills of Colchester's elite 16 Air Assault Brigade firsthand. The show will feature a thrilling combat demonstration, military displays, and a fascinating Gurkha martial arts showcase.
Meet the soldiers based in the city and get up close to the vehicles and weapons they use in their role as the British Army’s global response force.

This free event is perfect for families! Enjoy delicious refreshments, bouncy castles, and other fun activities for all ages.

Join the Colchester community in celebrating Armed Forces Day and show your support for our brave service personnel.

As part of its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, the council is inviting Armed Forces personnel living in the city to register their name and address so they can be kept informed about events and issues regarding the covenant, council help available and anything else that may be of interest.
For more details on Armed Forces Day and how to show your support, visit the official website:

Page last reviewed: 18 June 2024


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