Our Council will grant Legion Scotland Honorary Freeman status this Saturday.
Many local men and women serve in our armed forces, carrying out difficult and dangerous tasks on our behalf, and we’re very grateful for the work that they do.
As has been obvious over the last month, we live in an increasingly complex and challenging world and we depend on our armed forces to protect us against a wide range of threats. They defend the UK and its interests. They work around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security, and countering terrorism.
It’s vital for our armed forces to feel that they have the support of local communities. Our Armed Forces Covenant and our Gold Award from the Armed Forces Employer Recognition Scheme clearly demonstrate our Council’s appreciation and support for current and former service personnel.
When service personnel return to civilian life, some need community and friendship. This can be as a result of their experiences in the armed forces or just because they are no longer part of the military family.
Legion Scotland represents and supports veterans and their families and, every day, makes a difference through its comradeship and befriending programme, by developing stronger communities, and by supporting remembrance.
Legion Scotland has more than 140 branches and 60 associated clubs, with more than 20,000 members. Each branch is run by a volunteer committee, dedicated to supporting the armed forces community.
We’re pleased and proud that Dumfries and Council agreed to grant Honorary Freeman status to Legion Scotland.