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Council amends its flag flying policy

Herefordshire Council has amended its flag flying policy to allow the union flag to be flown at half-mast on council buildings in order to commemorate and pay respect to our fallen service men and women.

Councillor Olwyn Barnett, chairman of Herefordshire Council, said: “As the lead partner and a key signatory of the Herefordshire Armed Forces Community Covenant, it is important to show our support by recognising and remembering the sacrifices made by our armed forces around the world.”

“It has been agreed that we will fly the union flag at half-mast on our buildings, as a sign of respect when fallen service personnel are repatriated.  Herefordshire is home to not only the prestigious Special Air Service (SAS) but also The Rifles and many active reservists, so it is important for the council to be able to pay its respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.”

The council will also fly the union flag at half-mast to commemorate local civic dignitaries who have recently passed away.