Armed Forces Day 2021
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COSLA’s Presidential Team has marked Armed Forces Day (Saturday, June 26).

The annual event offers the chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops and service families to veterans and cadets.

COSLA President, Councillor Alison Evison, highlighted the work taking place under the Armed Forces Covenant.

She said:

“Armed Forces Day is a key day to reflect our support across Scotland for the valuable contributions and efforts of the Armed Forces communities and veterans.

“I am pleased to hear that this is being marked in parts of Scotland through local events to provide members of the Armed Forces communities with a well-deserved morale boost.

“Some years ago, all Scottish Local Authorities signed the voluntary Armed Forces Covenant and have been committed to honouring their obligations since then.

“As a result, Local Authorities work with partner organisations to provide a range of services that support serving personnel and their families to prevent disadvantage.

“I am aware the Covenant is being implemented well across Scottish Local Authorities and there are some fine examples of work to support the Armed Forces communities.

She was echoed in her sentiments by COSLA’s Vice President, Councillor Graham Houston, who said:

“Presently, Local Authorities have been engaging well with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on this proposed statutory duty through virtual meetings.

“I have also been pleased to hear that the COSLA recently agreed to formally acknowledge the work of the Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) on their 100th anniversary.

“I would like to take the opportunity to express support for the Armed Forces communities across Scotland.”