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Barking and Dagenham to mark Armed Forces Day with virtual celebration

People are being asked to share pictures and videos of themselves saluting on social media (credit: Barking and Dagenham Council) 

Barking and Dagenham Council has announced plans to virtually celebrate Armed Forces Day despite the coronavirus outbreak.

This Saturday there will be no public events to honor the British Army due to Covid-19. 

However, the council will show their gratitude for all the sacrifices the Armed Forces community has made by releasing a specially prepared video.

It will feature a number of local people who have previously served or are currently serving in the British Army. 

Barking and Dagenham Council renewed their promise to support local military personnel and their families by signing the Armed Forces Covenant in September 2019.  

The Armed Forces Day flag will also be raised at the Town Hall on Friday, 26 June and will continue to fly throughout the weekend. 

Local residents are being encouraged to take part by sharing pictures and videos of themselves saluting on social media using the #SaluteOurForces hashtag. 

“We are proud of those in the community who serve or have served in the Armed Forces,” said Councillor Saima Ashraf, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Leadership and Engagement. 

“We know we cannot hold a public event like we would have hoped, but by raising the Armed Forces Day flag at the Town Hall and celebrating those individuals through a special film, we can still recognise the great service these people did or continue to do so for their country.”

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