London Borough of Barnet

Ceremony celebrates Armed Forces Day in Barnet

Published Tuesday 3 July 2012

Sunday (1 July) saw Barnet mark this year’s Armed Forces Day with a military parade, flag raising ceremony and the signing of an Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The parade, which took place outside Hendon Town Hall, included Territorial Army personnel, cadets and ex-servicemen and women.

Also in attendance was the Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Brian Schama, the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Barnet, Martin Russell, local ward councillors and senior representatives of the armed forces.

As part of the ceremony the Mayor of Barnet raised an Armed Forces Day flag above the town hall and delivered an address to the assembled parade.

The event culminated in the signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant for Barnet.

The Community Covenant serves as a statement of mutual support between the civilian community and the local armed forces community, and compliments the principles set out in the national Armed Forces Covenant.

It was signed by a range of representatives including those from 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, recognise the sacrifices and challenges faced by them and ensure they have access to the support they need.

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 Allocations Policy last year, which gives priority to former members of the armed forces.

The Mayor of Barnet said: “It was a tremendous honour to be involved in a day which once again highlighted why we are so proud of those in the armed forces and those who have served in the past.

“I was delighted to be one of those who signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant which will cement the key role the civilian community has in supporting our armed forces and their families.”

Council Leader Richard Cornelius, who was also one of the signatories, added: “It was fitting that an event intended to acknowledge the armed forces and the debt we owe them, should culminate in the signing of the Community Covenant.

“It is an important opportunity for us to set out our commitment to supporting those who serve their country with such distinction, and to recognise their links with the civilian community.”

Barnet’s Deputy Lieutenant Martin Russell said: “Barnet is most fortunate to be home to two Territorial Army sub-units and to no less than fourteen cadet units. All of these are volunteers. Of our TA, more than 40 per cent are deployed on operations.

“Armed Forces Day offers the chance to show more than lip-service to their commitment and their loyalty. We are most conscious of the risks they confront and grateful for their dedicated service.”

Notes to Editors

Photographs of the parade are available on request by calling the media team on 0208 359 7299.

Contact press officer: Nick Griffin