Somerset Council and Taunton Town Council will be showing their support for the Armed Forces by holding a flag-raising ceremony on Monday, 19 June.

The service will be hosted at County Hall in Taunton by the Chair of Somerset Council, Councillor Mike Best, and the Mayor of Taunton, Councillor Nick O’Donnell.

The Armed Forces Day flag will be flown at all Somerset Council’s main offices leading up to National Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 24 June.

Councillor Mike Best said:

“We are proud to fly the Armed Forces Day flag as a mark of our respect and support for our Armed Forces whether past or presently serving.

“It also serves as an opportunity to say thank you to the wider Armed Forces community including reserves, veterans, cadets and families for the sacrifices and the contribution they have made and continue to make to the nation and local communities.”

Residents wishing to pay their own tributes can find out more at

They can also show their support at the Somerset Armed Forces Day community event in Vivary Park and Wilton Lands on Saturday, 1 July 2023.

The free to attend event is open to all with a variety of stalls, exhibitions, military vehicles, helicopters, parachutes, and an exciting timetable of displays in the main arena including the Military Wives Choir, marching bands, and historic re-enactments.

Further information can be found at Somerset Armed Forces Day

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June 9, 2023

Rebecca Howat

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