Renfrewshire Council


Recognising the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces

It's important to show our support for the serving men and women in our communities, and in four weeks' time we will be gathering to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

Armed Forces Day is traditionally celebrated on the last Saturday in June but we hold our Renfrewshire celebrations a week earlier to allow people to attend both a local and national service.

We will hold our flag raising service on Friday 21 June outside Renfrewshire House at 11am.

Recently, the Scottish War Blinded opened a new centre in Paisley and I am honoured that to mark this we will have a veteran from the centre raise the Armed Forces Flag.

The following day, Saturday 22 June, we will have our annual service in Paisley Abbey at 10am - held jointly with Inverclyde Council.

Our Armed Forces charity for 2019 is Bravehound. Bravehound are based in Erskine and support former servicemen, women and their families by providing companion dogs and support with training the dogs. The aim is to help with the transition back in to civilian life and owning a dog can provide companionship as well as promoting exercise and maintaining a good daily routine.

Being the Veteran's Champion for Renfrewshire, I have been honoured to speak with many ex-servicemen and women in our community over the past two years who have shared their stories and memories.

I am proud that we recognise the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces each year in Renfrewshire and I hope you will join me in the commemorations next month.




Published 24 May 2019