Flying the flags for Armed Forces Day and Pride

Armed Forces Day

In past years Ealing has celebrated Armed Forces Day with a parade that honours those who serve in the armed forces.  Unfortunately, this year, due to the current COVID-19 situation, it is not possible to gather in this way.

The Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Dr Abdullah Gulaid, along with the Queen’s representative in the borough, Deputy Lieutenant Richard Kornicki and the leader of Ealing Council, Councillor Julian Bell, have recorded a video to mark Armed Forces Day.

Councillor Gulaid said: “Armed Forces Day is when we show our patriotic support to the men and women who make an outstanding contribution to this country, putting themselves after others; our country before self.

“We should also remember our cadets and the volunteers who show the virtue of commitment as they prepare for life as responsible citizens.”

Councillor Julian Bell said: “The role the armed forces have played during the recent crisis has been so important. They have supported the ambulance service, provided medics, delivered vitally needed equipment and staffed our mobile testing units.

“They do not expect public recognition but on Armed Forces Day we should take the time to stop and thank them”.

Pride

To support and celebrate Pride in London, the rainbow flag has been raised above Ealing Town Hall.

Pride is an opportunity for LGBT+ Londoners to celebrate their diversity and equality while continuing to fight for an end to the discrimination and violence that remains a reality for many.

Councillor Bell said: “Ealing is a global and inclusive borough where we celebrate the huge contribution our many LGBT+ residents make to our social, economic and political life.  We work to ensure that London Pride achievements and values are lived every day in our diverse and welcoming community where LGBT+ people can live, work and play in a safe and inclusive environment.

“This year there is no Pride parade or UK Black Pride parade due to the current situation which I know that many in our community look forward to and make plans for.  I hope you find a way to celebrate safely and look forward to a time when we can gather safely in celebration of our diversity and equality.”

LGBT+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex, non-binary, asexual polysexual, genderqueer and gender variant people. 

The rainbow flag is a symbol of LGBT+ rights that is used by the LGBT movement across the world.