London Borough of Barnet

Barnet shows its support for the troops

Published Thursday 28 June 2012

Barnet will host a military parade and flag-raising ceremony on Sunday 1 July to mark Armed Forces Day.

At the same time the event will also see the signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant which will reinforce the borough’s support for servicemen and women, veterans and their families.

Territorial Army personnel, cadets, ex-servicemen and woman and representatives of Barnet Council will assemble for the parade at Hendon Town Hall, in The Burroughs, Hendon at 9.30am on Sunday 1 July.

As part of the ceremony The Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Brian Schama will raise an Armed Forces Day flag above the town hall.

Also in attendance will be local councillors and Barnet’s Deputy Lieutenant Martin Russell.

The annual ceremony will be one of many taking place across the country this week to show support for those serving in the armed forces.

The event will also include the official signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant for Barnet.

The Community Covenant is a statement of mutual support between the civilian community and the local armed forces community.

It will be signed by representatives of the armed forces, Barnet Council, Barnet Homes, voluntary and charitable organisations, Barnet’s business community, the NHS and emergency services.

The covenant is intended to encourage residents to support the armed forces community in their area, nurture public understanding and awareness of the issues which affect those in the armed forces and their families, and recognise the sacrifices and challenges faced by them.

It will also seek to encourage activities which help integrate the armed forces community into local life and for them to help support the wider community through events and joint projects.

The signing of the community covenant follows the introduction by the council of a new Housing Allocation policy last year, which gives priority to former members of the armed forces and others including volunteers and foster carers.

The Mayor of Barnet said: “Sunday’s ceremony gives the whole borough a chance to publicly display the immense pride we share for those who currently serve in the armed forces, and for all ex-servicemen and women.

“The Armed Forces Community Covenant will reinforce our support for the armed forces community and underline the huge debt of gratitude we owe them.”

Council Leader Richard Cornelius added: “I’m delighted that Barnet Council will be one of those signing the Armed Forces Community Covenant and showing our commitment to supporting members of the armed forces.

“The armed forces community deserves our support and this covenant will play an important role in making sure that happens.”

Contact Press Officer: Nick Griffin