I attach an invitation to what promises to be a very enjoyable event. Please, can you distribute it widely in your parish and put it on your parish website and in your parish magazines?
Following the success of the Armistice Commemorations, a Lieutenancy Committee was set up to plan for future events. We wanted to do justice to the military and to military commemorations without becoming too repetitive or risking people having decreased interest.
One thought that we had was that the military is very over-committed during Armed Forces Week when they are supposedly celebrated. We have our Flag Raising Event which grew this year and we hope to grow year on year. It was a great success. However, there is little chance for anything else in Rutland during that week. Our military is committed to celebrations across the East Midlands and leave is canceled, personnel spend much time in uniform and see little of their families. We decided that it would be good to have an event at a different time which celebrated the military and the community and built bridges between the two, but where the military and their families could also have fun. So the thinking behind this party is to celebrate Rutland’s considerable military and veteran community with an event open to everyone so that we can also celebrate the community.
I do hope you will come and bring your families on Sunday,Party invitation no rsvp September 8th. We will be very pleased to see you.