To mark this year's Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30 June 2012, Fareham will be raising the Armed Forces Flag at 10.30am on Monday 25 June, along with other Council's across the country. The flag will be raised in West Street, close to the podium, by two service personnel from HMS Collingwood.
The flag raising event in Fareham will begin with a procession led by three platoons of serving personnel from the Royal Navy; Army and Royal Air Force. They will be followed by the civic party, led by the Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Dennis Steadman. The procession will make its way from Market Quay car park, through the Falklands Arch to the flag poles in West Street.
The Mayor of Fareham will address the procession and members of the public who have gathered to watch the event. This will be followed by the raising of the Armed Forces Flag at 10.30am. There will then be an unveiling ceremony of two new plaques listing the names of the 255 men who fell during the Falklands Conflict. The plaques will be added to the Falklands Arch to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict.
The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Dennis Steadman, said: "I am very proud to be leading the civic party at the Armed Forces flag raising event for Fareham, in recognition of the outstanding contribution made by all of our Armed Forces - past, present and future; and I am particularly honoured to be unveiling the new plaques which list the names of those that fell during the Falklands Conflict. I do hope that members of the public will take time out of their busy lives to join us at this event."
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