A COUNCIL has officially signed a covenant to support members of the armed forces, veterans and their families.
Calderdale Council’s Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the local armed forces and wider community.
Council leader Clr Tim Swift said: “Signing the covenant is an important way for Calderdale to show its gratitude and respect to those who put their lives at risk to protect our freedom.
“It highlights the borough’s commitment to making sure that armed forces, veterans and their families get the services and support they need and are treated with the dignity they deserve.”
A number of other organisations in Calderdale have also signed the pledge, including the NHS, police, Calderdale College and Job Centre Plus.
On Tuesday, December 4, Calderdale will welcome home the servicemen and women from the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s) following their return from a six month operational tour in Afghanistan.
Details are being finalised, but the battalion will parade through Halifax town centre stopping in the Piece Hall, continuing to Halifax Minster for a memorial service.