People from across the county came out to show their support for Armed Forces Day yesterday (Saturday June 29), with numerous events held across Northamptonshire.
A special service at Kettering war memorial, an event at Wellingborough Museum, and the official naming of James Ashworth VC square, were among the hundreds of events taking place across the country to honour the military community.
At Wellingborough Museum, the mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Graham Lawman, started the event when he arrived with the Armed Forces Day flag at 8.45am. The flag was ceremoniously raised by the Wellingborough Cadet Force and was followed by a day of activities and displays at the museum, with members of the Royal British Legion on hand to chat.
Cllr Lawman said: “Armed Forces Day is a day when the whole nation is invited to show support for the military community both serving and retired, at home and abroad. It is a time to recognise the enormous contribution made to our country by the men and women who make up the armed forces community, from currently serving troops to service families, from veterans to cadets.
“I am proud to be joining the Royal British Legion for this event and to be able to add my support to a very important day.”
In Kettering the Royal British Legion held their annual Armed Forces Day service at Kettering War Memorial at 11am, with a brass band accompanying the tributes.
In Corby the square in front of the Cube was officially re-named James Ashworth VC Square, in honour of Victoria Cross hero Lance Corporal James Ashworth. The 23-year-old was killed in action in Afghanistan trying to save his comrades.
To see footage from the events in Corby, Kettering, and Wellingborough, honouring the military community watch the video above.