Melton pays tribute to our armed forces with special flag-raising ceremony

The flag-raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day outside the Melton Borough Council offices - Mayor of Melton, Councillor Malise Graham, with Sgt Melvin Whyte, who hoisted the flag EMN-190624-155426001
The flag-raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day outside the Melton Borough Council offices - Mayor of Melton, Councillor Malise Graham, with Sgt Melvin Whyte, who hoisted the flag EMN-190624-155426001
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Members of the serving military, veteran organisations and civic leaders gathered in Melton this morning (Monday) for a ceremony to mark national Armed Forces Day.

Mayor of Melton, Councillor Malise Graham, assisted RAF policeman Sgt Melvin Whyte, who has also served operationally in the Falkland Islands and Afghanistan as a dog handler, to raise a flag on behalf of the borough.

The flag-raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day outside the Melton Borough Council offices EMN-190624-155353001

The flag-raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day outside the Melton Borough Council offices EMN-190624-155353001

Guests were formally welcomed by Councillor Graham and a short service and blessing of the armed forces flag was taken by Father Peter Moseling.

Members of the public were also in attendance at the event, which took places outside the borough council offices, off Burton Road.

In this 75th anniversary year of the D-Day landings, military organisations were represented, with handlers and dogs from the town’s Defence Animal Training Regiment.

A parade was also held and led by WO2 (RQMS) Paul Joblin, with members of the town branches of the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Force Association also taking part and carrying standards.

The flag-raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day outside the Melton Borough Council offices EMN-190624-155330001

The flag-raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day outside the Melton Borough Council offices EMN-190624-155330001

The flag-raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day outside the Melton Borough Council offices EMN-190624-155342001

The flag-raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day outside the Melton Borough Council offices EMN-190624-155342001

The flag-raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day outside the Melton Borough Council offices EMN-190624-155404001

The flag-raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day outside the Melton Borough Council offices EMN-190624-155404001

The flag-raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day outside the Melton Borough Council offices - Sgt Melvin Whyte hoists the flag EMN-190624-155415001

The flag-raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day outside the Melton Borough Council offices - Sgt Melvin Whyte hoists the flag EMN-190624-155415001

The flag which was raised in honour of Armed Forces Day outside the Melton Borough Council offices EMN-190624-155436001

The flag which was raised in honour of Armed Forces Day outside the Melton Borough Council offices EMN-190624-155436001