Servicemen and women were honoured at a flag raising ceremony yesterday.

Hertsmere mayor Councillor Pat Strack was joined by borough councillors, council workers, Hertsmere MP James Clappison and representatives from the Royal British Legion to raise the Armed Forces Day flag yesterday morning.

The service took place outside the borough council’s Civic Offices in Elstree Way, Borehamwood.

Armed Forces Day was set up four years ago to raise public awareness for people who have served in the armed forces.

Similar services were held across the country yesterday, ahead of the official Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 30.

In her speech, Cllr Pat Strack said: “As you may already know, Armed Forces Day flags are to be raised together at 10.30am today in unison across the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in a universal show of support honouring our British armed forces, past, present and future, and marking a moment in our history that will long be remembered with warmth and pride by the men and women that make up our armed forces.”

The service began with Royal British Legion member Bill Davies reading the Ode of Remembrance, followed Reverend David Jackson playing The Last Post.

The flag will remain outside the borough council’s Civic Offices for the rest of the week.

Watch a video of the service (Courtesy of Hertsmere Borough Council):