News and events celebrating the armed forces | Oxfordshire County Council

News and events celebrating the armed forces

Welcome to the new section dedicated to events celebrating the armed forces around the county.

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show our support for the whole of the Armed Forces community, from serving personnel to Forces families and cadets. It is also an opportunity to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

The Armed Forces Day flag-raising event brings together senior representatives of the Armed Forces community in Oxfordshire from RAF Brize Norton, RAF Benson, Bicester Garrison, Abingdon Station, 7 Rifles, the Defence Academy, the Royal Navy, Oxford University Officers’ Training Corps, the Royal British Legion, and cadets from across the county.

Local dignitaries who attend the event include the Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council, the Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, the Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, the Lord Mayor of Oxford, and local mayors and councillors.

Celebrating VE Day in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire County Council marked the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day with the lighting of a Beacon. The event took place at Oxford Castle in Oxford on Friday 8 May. Oxfordshire's Lord-Lieutenant Tim Stevenson OBE lit the Beacon.

Banbury Town Council also marked this special day with the lighting of a Beacon in Spiceball Park, Banbury.

Deddington Parish Council also marked this event with the lighting of a Beacon.

Faringdon Town Council hosted a Beacon lighting ceremony at Folly Hill in Faringdon. The event was organised in conjunction with the Royal British Legion, Faringdon Rotary Club, Faringdon Folly Trust and local farmers, and was open to all members of the public.

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Corporate Covenant signing

The county council signed the 'Corporate Covenant' as part of its commitment to provide support for the Armed Forces community – including encouraging employers to take on reservists as part of their workforce.

Council Chairman Anne Purse said: “By recently signing the Corporate Covenant, the council is also highlighting the benefits reservists can bring to local employers – including the council itself which currently employs six reservists. It is clear to see how people who are experts in engineering, communication or logistics, can bring real value to civilian employers.”

Below are some photos from the event:

Last reviewed
12 July 2017
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