Thurrock marked the launch of Armed Services Week on Monday (20 June) with a “raising the flag” ceremony outside the Civic Offices in New Road, Grays.
MP Jackie Doyle-Price helped lift the flag into position as the National Anthem played.
Around 80 councillors, council officers and veterans joined the MP, Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Charlie Curtis, Leader of the Council, Cllr John Kent and the Rev Darren Barlow at the ceremony.
The mayor said: “Armed Forces Day is in its third year, and, from the start, has inspired the Nation to show its support for the servicemen and women of the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force at events across the country.
“But it is not just serving personnel who we pay tribute to on Armed Forces Day, but the wider forces community: Service families, veterans of all ages, the Cadet Forces, and the adult volunteers who support them. All deserve our praise and support on this special day.
“Thurrock is proud to ‘Fly a Flag.”
And Cllr Kent added: “Today – as well as raising this flag – we are raising money for, and raising awareness of the Help for Heroes charity, and that’s exactly what these young people are … heroes literally dying for this country.
“It is my intent that those who serve in the Forces are not forgotten in Thurrock. That is why the Deputy Leader of this council, Val Morris-Cook, has had Veterans’ Affairs added to her portfolio.
“Those of us who stay at home have a duty not to forget those who have served … we will remember them.”