Bishop and Dean signal support for Armed Forces
The Diocese of Hereford and Hereford Cathedral have made a commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
They have committed to honour and support the Covenant and the armed forces community by recognising the value serving regular and reservist personnel, veterans and military families contribute to our country.
The Armed Forces Covenant will ensure employment support for veterans, reservists, service spouses and partners as well as support for cadet units, and Armed Forces Day.
The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith said: “I’m delighted to publicly show our support for all those who serve or have served in the armed forces, as well as their families, by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.”
“The Covenant is a voluntary pledge demonstrating how the diocese and our parishes support the armed forces community.”
“Our diocese and this part of the country has a strong association with the military and we will support serving and former service personnel in any way we can.”
The diocese and cathedral will endeavour in business dealings to uphold the two key principles of the covenant, which are that no member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen and in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured or bereaved.
The Dean of Hereford, the Very Revd Michael Tavinor said:
“Hereford Cathedral is proud to be able to support the Armed Forces Covenant.”
“Historically, the cathedral has been there in war and in peace to offer a place of solace and reflection."
“This continues today, not least with our renewed and strong links with the local regiment.”
The covenant was signed as part of Flag Raising Day in Hereford, it followed a procession from Shire Hall to the Bull at High Town where the flag was raised.
Prayers were led at Flag Raising by the first Armed Forces Champion for the Diocese of Hereford, the Revd Paul Roberts.
Mr Roberts said; “It’s a great privilege to be asked to be Hereford Diocese’s first Armed Forces Champion.”
“As a former member of the Territorial Army I know the importance of honouring the selfless commitment made by the members of our armed forces.”
“In remembering those who died in war and in supporting the work of our armed forces charities, the church has established many informal links over the years.”
“My new role does, however, give a stronger voice to veteran’s issues within the church, which can only be a good thing.”
You can read a copy of the Armed Forces Covenant signed by the diocese here.
To find out more about and to sign up to the Corporate Covenant, visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/corporate-covenant.