Seaford Town Council was pleased to be able to continue to host a Veterans and Armed Forces Day, virtually and within Covid-19 guidance.
Although the Covid-19 restrictions meant that disappointingly a physical event could not take place this year, on 27h June Seaford Town Council hosted a virtual celebration of the renowned Veterans and Armed Forces Day.
This virtual event invited Seaford residents to celebrate the past, present and future of our Armed Forces. In the build up to the day, Seaford Contemporary Illustrators & Printmakers (SCIP) created a colour-me-in poster for members of the public to display in their windows and show their support (pictured below).
The Order of Service began with a welcome by the Chair of the Armed Forces Day Committee, Major R A Peedle MBE. This was followed by prayers, led by Rev Andy Machin, Chaplain to the Mayor of Seaford, for servicemen and women, remembering those that gave their lives, or health and their all to carry out their duties. There was also a reflection to remember the magnificent contribution of the late Dame Vera Lynn.
The service continued with the Chair of the Seaford Branch Royal British Legion, Ken Jupp leading exhortations. Followed by a 2 minute silence, with the Last Post and Reveille sounded by Christopher Goodchild, Seaford Silver Band.
The service came to an end with prayers for the members of today's Armed Forces, for our Queen and those who govern us. Including those whose caring duties this year were extended to working with the NHS in respect of the Coronavirus 19 outbreak.
Funds were raised for Combat Stress which was the 2020 Armed Forces Day chosen charity.
A special thanks to the Chair of the Armed Forces Day Committee Major R A Peedle MBE; the Armed Forces Day Committee; Cllr Dave Argent, the Town Council’s flag volunteer; Rev Andy Machin, Chaplain to the Mayor of Seaford; Ken Jupp, Chair of the Seaford Branch Royal British Legion; Christopher Goodchild, Seaford Silver Band; SCIP, for creating the poster; and to all others involved, those who took part and for those who organised the virtual event.
Left - Chair of the Armed Forces Day Committee Major R A Peedle MBE
Right - Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Rodney Reed