Soldiers from F Rifles Company lead the parade in Shepherds Bush Green

Armed Forces Day – H&F parade honours our brave troops

Soldiers, cadets, and members of the public joined our celebration of the armed forces community with a parade and service on Saturday.

The parade was held along the edges of Shepherds Bush Green followed by a service at the green’s war memorial. Soldiers from the F Rifles Company based in Princess Louise House in Hammersmith, were joined by Met Police Cadets.

It marked the start of Armed Forces Week which ends with Armed Forces Day next Saturday. We raised the Armed Forces Day Flag at Hammersmith Town Hall yesterday (Monday) as part of the commemorations.

See all the picture from the parade on our Flickr photo gallery

The Armed Forces Day Flag being raised at Hammersmith Town Hall. H&F Council’s Mayor, Cllr Daryl Brown, is shown second from left

“Events like the one we held on Saturday are so important and I’m glad so many people in the community could join us,” said Cllr Alan De’Ath, H&F Representative for the Armed Forces.

“They remind us of the amazing work our armed forces do both at home and abroad protecting us from threats, providing aid and much more.

“It is an honour to have the F Rifles, the Army Reserve Centre in Hammersmith, the headquarters for the Greater London Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association in Fulham, along with the Westminster Dragoons Squadron of the Royal Yeomanry, and in White City, to have the 4th Battalion of the 4th Parachute Regiment.”

The Armed Forces Day flag

The parade was led by Cllr De’Ath, H&F Council’s Mayor, Cllr Daryl Brown, H&F’s Youth Mayor Federica Del Brollo and H&F’s Deputy Lieutenant Kevin McGrath.

Certificates were handed out to the Met Police Cadets recognising their contributions to the borough ahead of a blessing at Shepherd’s Bush Green’s war memorial. The blessing was led by Rev Cameron Collington of St Simon’s Church in Rockley Road.

The Mayor and members of The Royal Yeomanry, based in Fulham, raised the Armed Forces Day Flag at Hammersmith Town Hall today. It will be flying all week until the official Armed Forces Day next Saturday 30 June.

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