Marking Armed Forces Week at Hythe Ranges
Submitted to the Folkestone Herald
The Armed Forces Day flag was hoisted at Hythe Ranges and at St Martin’s Plain training camp near Folkestone to celebrate the contribution of local military personnel in an unprecedented year.
Armed Forces Week 2021 is an opportunity to show support for the British military who have stepped in to help meet the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Landmarc manages the defense training area in the UK in partnership with the Defense Infrastructure Organization (DIO).
They wanted to give special thanks by displaying the official Armed Forces Day flag at military training sites across the UK, including the local Hythe Ranges and St Martin’s Plain camps, west of Cheriton.
Landmarc employees were joined by Armed Forces personnel and DIO staff to witness the flag hoisting, where it will fly proudly until the end of Armed Forces Week on Sunday, June 27.
General Manager Mark Neill said: “Each year each of us at Landmarc thanks our troops during this special week. As one of the 25 percent of Veterans and Reservists that make up Landmarc’s workforce, I know firsthand how important this event is to morale within the Forces community.
“It’s always fantastic to see so many people and organizations come together each year for Armed Forces Week, but the events of the past fifteen months have heightened our gratitude.
“The efforts of our military have been immense and impossible to ignore in the nation’s fight against Covid-19; with our own staff working alongside the military to meet the demands of the training center as it welcomes troops from all over the country. “
In this Armed Forces Week, Landmarc pledged its support and sponsorship to Team Emotive in its mission to complete the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge in 2022.
This is one of the toughest ocean rowing challenges in the world and will raise vital funds for the mental health charity Veterans at Ease.
Made up of four veterans of the armed forces, including a Landmarc employee, the team is preparing to cover 3,000 miles from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua.
Rowing two hours in a row, two hours off for 40 days, the challenge will push the team to their limits, both physically and mentally.
In addition, Landmarc also announced its official partnership with the Armed Forces Charity SSAFA, working together to support ex-combatants in their transition to civilian life.
This year, Armed Forces Day is Saturday June 26. To learn more, click here.
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