South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has paid tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces, as the country celebrated Armed Forces Day (27 June).
While Covid-19 restrictions meant large events were not possible, the local MSP took part in a small event organised by the local Legion Scotland at the Veterans Garden Dumfries.
He also met up with KOSB veterans from Stranraer and joined Lord Lieutenant Fiona Armstrong and Dumfries and Galloway Armed Forces Champion Cllr Archie Dryburgh to thank veterans and serving forces personnel for their service at the Armed Forces Day event.
Colin Smyth said: “Covid restrictions meant that once again, large events to celebrate Armed Forces Day were impossible but I was proud to take part in a small event organised by the local Legion Scotland at Veterans Garden Dumfries in Dumfries.
“I was also honoured to meet up with KOSB veterans from Stranraer and to join our Lord Lieutenant Fiona Armstrong and Dumfries and Galloway Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Archie Dryburgh, to thank veterans and serving forces personnel for their service at the Armed Forces Day event.
“It is so important we show our support for the men and women of our Armed Forces community, from serving troops and reservists, to their families, to our veterans and cadets.
“Arguably it’s more important than ever because as well as continuing to protect our nation, our Navy, Army and Air Force have once again stepped up to mark during a crisis.
“Last year they helped build the Nightingale hospitals, they have been helping with mobile testing and vaccination units, supporting ambulance services, delivering PPE and providing expert planning advice.”
Cllr Dryburgh said: “Armed Forces Day is a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.
“While Covid-19 meant we couldn’t hold the big events we usually would, I am very grateful to all those who took part in Armed Forces Day 2021, whether in person or virtually.
“Once again, I want to say thank you to all our forces personnel for their dedication, hard work and efforts. Then, now and in the future.”