Local hero raises Armed Forces Day flag
Published on Monday 25th June 2012
The Armed Forces Day flag is flying high at the Civic Centre in Cannock after a special ceremony on Monday 25th June.
The flag was raised by Sapper Clive Smith, 26, from 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosives Ordnance Disposal). Sapper Smith from Hednesford lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2010.
Regimental associations, Royal British Legion groups and cadets from across the District were joined by the High Sherriff of Staffordshire, Sarah Elsom, and the Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Colonel Chris Comport OBE.
Sapper Smith said: "I was honoured to take part in the ceremony. It's great to fly the flag for the rest of the lads who are currently doing the business, and to pay tribute to all our Armed Forces."
Council Chairman Cllr Bob Todd took part in the flag raising ceremony. He said: "It was a real privilege to meet Sapper Smith and for the Council to play its part in honouring our Armed Forces."
The flag-raising ceremony was part of Cannock Chase Council's contribution to this year's Armed Forces Day, which falls on 30th June. From that date, serving members of the Armed Forces who live in Cannock Chase District can use the Council's leisure centres in Cannock and Rugeley totally free of charge.
Armed Forces Day raises public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in our Armed Forces. It also gives the nation an opportunity to show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops and their families to veterans and cadets.
Picture: Sapper Clive Smith, centre, with Lance Corporal Joe Timmins from Cannock Army Cadet Force, Tony Carpenter from Norton Canes Royal British Legion, Derek Ellison from Walsall and District Normandy Veterans Association and John Griffin from the Cannock Royal Air Force Association