The Armed Forces Flag has been raised on Liverpool Town Hall to officially mark the start of Armed Forces Week.
The Lord Mayor Councillor Anna Rothery, was joined by Lieutenant Commander Roy Miller Royal Naval Reserve, and the city’s armed forces champion Councillor Roy Gladden to hoist the flag.
It kick-starts a series of tributes which will include civic buildings lighting up red, white and blue each evening, and culminates in a virtual service from Our Lady and St Nicholas Parish Church on Saturday when it is officially Armed Forces Day.
This will be led by The Reverend Canon Dr Crispin Pailing, with contributions from Liverpool’s Lord Mayor along with representatives from the Royal Navy, Army, Air Force and Royal British Legion. Classical singer Danielle Louise Thomas will perform the national anthem as part of the service.
The service can be watched via www.armedforcesdayliverpool.co.uk from 11am, Saturday 27 June.
The buildings lighting up are Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall and Cunard.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Anna Rothery said:
“The health pandemic has meant this year we have had to think differently about how we celebrate the dedication of those men and women who serve, or have served, our country.
“Liverpool has a very long and proud tradition of supporting the services and by flying the flag and lighting up our buildings red, white and blue we hope to show our gratitude in a very visual way.
“I’d also encourage people to take part in the virtual service and join with us in celebrating our armed forces in these exceptional circumstances.”
Anyone who wants to celebrate reservists, cadets and veterans during the week is encouraged to head to the official Armed Forces Week website for ideas on how to show their appreciation.