The people of Ayrshire and beyond saluted Armed Forces personnel past and present when they turned out in their hundreds and enjoyed a special event held on the Low Green in Ayr.
Serving military personnel, veterans, the three Ayrshire Provosts, elected members, Reverend David Gemmell, Council officers and members of the public showed their appreciation for the Armed Forces at a commemorative flag raising ceremony at the Place St Germain-en-Laye, near the Esplanade in Ayr.
South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie hosted a Civic Reception for military personnel, after the flag raising, before the fun day opened on the Low Green.
There were various activities and displays by the Armed Forces including a static helicopter display, a climbing wall and inflatable assault course and military vehicles. A range of charities that support service personnel past and present, representatives from community groups and charities had stalls at the event. With a range of activities for children, food and beverages and performances from Dunaskin Doon Brass Band it was a fun filled family day.
Provost Moonie said: “We have a strong connection with the military in Ayrshire and South Ayrshire, which was clearly demonstrated by the large number of people who attended the Armed Forces Day event at the Low Green.
“This special day gave us all an opportunity to show our support for military personnel past and present, the brave men and women who serve their country, protecting us and putting the needs of others before their own. Their families also make sacrifices, with their loved ones being away from home often for long periods, and it was wonderful to see them enjoying themselves too.
“We are committed to supporting our service personnel and this annual event is one way to do it, sending out a clear message that we appreciate our servicemen and women.”
North Ayrshire Provost Joan Sturgeon said: “Armed Forces Day gives us the opportunity to recognise the bravery and dedication of soldiers who are carrying out difficult jobs, often thousands of miles away from their families.
“We take time to remember all of the forces who have died in war every year on Remembrance Day, and Armed Forces Day gives us the opportunity to recognise and show our respect for the men and women who continue to serve in some of the world’s most dangerous regions.”
East Ayrshire Provost Jim Todd said: “I was honoured to take part in the ceremony to mark Armed Forces Day and to have the opportunity to show our support and recognition. Each and every one of us greatly appreciates the outstanding contribution made to our society by the Armed Forces. The challenges they face and the roles they play are made a little bit easier when they know that their communities back home are proud of them and wish them well.”