Armed Forces Day takes place this year on Saturday, June 27 and councils across the country are raising the flag in recognition of the role played by servicemen and women past and present. SBC has arranged for the flag to fly at council buildings across the region.
Convener, Councillor Graham Garvie said: “We are thankful for everything that our brave servicemen and women have done and continue to do to keep us all safe. The Scottish Borders has a long and proud connection with our armed forces and the raising of the flag is an important token of our appreciation.”
SBC has also launched its updated Veterans Handbook, a guide for service veterans coming to settle in the area.
Councillor John Greenwell, SBC’s champion for armed forces and veterans said: “in my role I work very closely with Veterans Scotland to ensure that any veteran in the Borders in need of help receives it quickly and efficiently. That is why we are launching our updated Veterans Handbook.”
Meanwhile, organisations from across the Borders have reaffirmed their commitment to the Armed Forces Community Covenant. First signed in 2012 the council along with representatives from the armed forces, NHS Borders, registered social landlords and the charitable and voluntary sector, signed an updated version on Monday.
The aim of the Community Covenant is to encourage organisations across the region to support those retiring from the armed forces and ensure they can access the assistance they might need.
As part of the covenant members of the armed forces will be encouraged to do as much as they can to support the communities they live in.