Buckinghamshire says thank you to returning Armed Forces heroes

PUBLISHED: 17:28 10 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:51 20 February 2013

Buckinghamshire says thank you to returning Armed Forces heroes

Buckinghamshire says thank you to returning Armed Forces heroes

Buckinghamshire has said a massive thank you to 25 armed forces personnel who have recently returned to the county after serving on operational duties overseas.


Buckinghamshire has said a massive thank you to 25 armed forces personnel that have recently returned to the county after serving on operational duties overseas.


A welcome home reception on February 2 at the Judges Lodgings, the Ceremonial seat of the County Council in Aylesbury, was the perfect chance to bring service personnel together from units at RAF Halton, RAF High Wycombe, the Defence School of Languages in Beaconsfield, as well as Territorial Army personnel from 7 RIFLES.


The event was held for service personnel in Buckinghamshire who are deployed on operational duties as individuals supporting other units located elsewhere in the country rather than deploying as whole units - it has therefore been difficult for the County Council to express moral support by holding Welcome Home Marches through our towns.


David Polhill, Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council said, 'The main aim of the reception was to bring the local authorities and members of the Armed Forces even closer together and for us all to consider what tangible support we might be able to offer the local units in future, and more importantly, to say thank you for what they do so well. The County Council is particularly proud of the formal links that were established four years ago when we awarded the Freedom of the County to RAF Halton and RAF High Wycombe.'


The Reverend Eddie Wynn, Chaplain at RAF Halton said, 'I celebrated Christmas in Camp Bastion with the lads and lasses who were out there, and got back in time for New Year, which was absolutely brilliant to celebrate Christmas and New Year in one with the family.'


RAF Halton has recently been awarded the Freedom of AVDC. This is the oldest form of honour that can be bestowed by a council upon a military unit and will be exercised on March 15 as troops from RAF Halton parade through the town of Buckingham.


Buckinghamshire will also be coming together on June 25 to celebrate the work of servicemen in the county at Aylesbury Rugby Club for Armed Forces Day. For more information on the event please search for 'Buckinghamshire Armed Forces Day' on Facebook.


Corporal Simon Robinson said, 'It's a good opportunity for the public to turn around and back the Armed Forces and see the job that we do. A lot of people probably don't understand what we do when we're out there, but their support on that day is hugely welcome by anybody in the services.'


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