Stirling Council celebrated Armed Forces Day on Saturday by raising the official flag over the Municipal Buildings.
Stirling Council celebrated Armed Forces Day on Saturday by raising the official flag over the Municipal Buildings.

The flag was flown to celebrate all currently serving troops, their families, veterans and cadets, and to highlight Stirling Council’s long history of support for the Armed Forces.

Stirling Council is an Armed Forces Covenant signatory and is recognised for its outstanding support to the Armed Forces Community as a holder of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.

The Ministry of Defence’s Gold Award represents the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support serving personnel, veterans, and their families.

Stirling Provost Douglas Dodds, Councillor Gene Maxwell, and Councillor Paul Henke stood proudly behind the flag at Council Headquarters before it was raised above the Municipal Buildings on Saturday.

Cllr Maxwell is a former Army Officer while Cllr Henke served in the Royal Naval Reserve.

Provost Dodds said: “Armed Forces Day gives us all the opportunity to show our support to our personnel.

“Whether it be our veterans, the current members of today’s Armed Forces or the opportunities that the Armed Forces can offer future generations, we can come together on this day to display our appreciation.

“Stirling Council has always enjoyed a close relationship with the Armed Forces, with the region itself having a fantastic military heritage, and our support for Armed Forces Day is as strong as ever.

“Once again the Armed Forces flag flew proudly in Stirling to celebrate all those dedicated individuals who serve our country so bravely.”