Cornwall Council re-affirms its commitment to the Armed Forces Cornwall Community Covenant

Yesterday, Cornwall Council held a special ceremony to re-affirm and improve the Council’s commitment to the Armed Forces Cornwall Community Covenant.

The Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian community and its local Armed Forces Community, the Community Covenant is intended to complement the Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces, at a local level.

The Leader of Cornwall Council, John Pollard asked me if I would become the Council’s Armed Forces Lead Member. Which I was honoured to take up. As an Armed Forces veteran myself, I wholeheartedly welcome Cornwall Council’s commitment to The Covenant with the re-pledging ceremony.

The ceremony was attended by the Leader of Cornwall Council; Rear Admiral Alastair Ross CB, CBE – Chairman of SSAFA Cornwall;  Steve Lewis – Chairman of the Royal British Legion Cornwall; Commander Ian Fitter – RNAS Culdrose; Commander Sean Brady- HMS Raleigh and Wing Commander Guy Bazalgette – RAF St Mawgan.

Military Declaration Signing 2016-8

Back row L-R Rear Admiral Alastair Ross CB, CBE Chairman of SSAFA Cornwall; Steve Lewis – Chairman of the Royal British Legion Cornwall ; Andrew Wallis – Cabinet Member for Young People and Armed Forces Lead Member and Commander Ian Fitter – RNAS Culdrose Front Row L-R -Commander Sean Brady – HMS Raleigh; John Pollard – Leader of Cornwall Council and Wing Commander Guy Bazalgette – RAF St Mawgan

The purpose of the Cornwall Community Covenant is to encourage support for the Armed Forces Community working and residing in Cornwall and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces Community which includes serving and former armed forces personnel, veterans, their families, widows and widowers in Cornwall.

From this re-affirming ceremony, and working with the Armed Forces, RBL and SAAFA we will make sure no service person, their family, or those veterans will be put at a disadvantage. This is the least we can do to recognise contribution to our Nation.

Me signing the Military Declaration Signing 2016-7

 

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