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Isle of Wight hosts flag-raising ceremony

Mon 25 Jun 2012

Isle of Wight hosts flag-raising ceremony

The Isle of Wight has held a special flag-raising ceremony to honour the armed forces this morning (June 25th).

It had originally been planned to take place at County Hall, but this year was moved to St Thomas' Square in Newport.

A member of the armed forces raised the flag on behalf of the chair of the Isle of Wight Council Susan Scoccia before prayers were led by Reverend Kevin Arkell.

Ms Scoccia said: "The flag-raising ceremony is about recognising the work of our armed forces and showing the island's support for the military community, both serving and retired."

The event was scheduled as part of the national celebrations for Armed Forces Day, which is officially marked on June 30th. The island hosted a special event in Appley Park on June 23rd.

Britain's military history features the Isle of Wight strongly, with the island used to defend the country during the Second World War.

Posted by Jon NobleADNFCR-3083-ID-801392200-ADNFCR

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