Prayers to Mark the Forces Day
Parishes across Wiltshire and Dorset are being encouraged to pray during the National Armed Forces Day on Saturday (30 June).
The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, said: “Within the Diocese of Salisbury there are a number of national Armed Forces centres. This coming weekend, let us pray for all those who serve in those centres, for those in training for strategic deployment, and for the their families.”
Both counties have significant military establishments, including the Royal Armoured Corps at Bovington near Wareham, the School of Signals in Blandford and the School of Infantry at Warminster.
The Salisbury Plain Training Area includes the School of Artillery at Larkhill and the military garrisons at Bulford, Tidworth, and Upavon. There is also a Royal Marines base at Poole.
The parish of Warminster will hold an armed forces day service at the Chapel of St Lawrence Warminster, with the Chapel’s Chaplain, Revd Harvey Gibbons, the Revd Adrian Pollard OCM and Lt Col Robin Chappell. The service will be attended by representatives of all the armed forces, members of the cadet forces groups and organisations such as the Royal British Legion.
During the service, prayers will be offered for members of all the armed forces in particular soldiers of 3 York currently on deployment in Afghanistan together with their families.
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