St Albans district celebrates Armed Forces Day

AFD - photo by Jacob Reid

AFD - photo by Jacob Reid - Credit: Archant

ARMED Forces Day was marked on Saturday as members of the public joined veterans, military personnel and cadets to honour servicemen and women.

The annual event was held at St Mary’s Church in Marshalswick, St Albans, to raise awareness of the armed forces and the contribution they make to the country.

The Rev Gary Russell, vicar of the church, said: “I was pleased with the turnout which was bigger than last year.

“The sun shone and we were joined by past and current members of the armed forces including members of the British Legion, The Burma Star Association and The Air Crews Association as well as young people belonging to local cadet forces.”

During the service, which took place at the memorial in front of the church, Cllr Annie Brewster, mayor of St Albans, laid a wreath in memory of those who have died in recent conflicts.

She also spoke about her chosen charity for the year, The Living Room, in Hatfield Road, which offers emotional support to servicemen who are suffering from addiction.

Cllr Brewster said: “Thank you to everyone who came to support our Armed Forces Day in St Albans. Being the daughter of two army officers, I was particularly honoured to lay a wreath in memory of those who have died or been injured in recent conflicts.

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“It was a privilege to meet both serving and retired members of the armed forces as well as many associated charities who all contribute so much to our nation.”

Armed Forces Day was also celebrated in Harpenden on the common outside the Public Halls with a parade and activities including an obstacle course and climbing wall.