Community leaders gathered in the Ribble Valley Civic Suite for the signing of the borough’s Armed Forces Community Covenant.
Former soldier Jim White, who represents Longridge on the borough council and is its armed forces community champion, has spearheaded the covenant.
He said: “I know local servicemen and women will be honoured and moved that the Ribble Valley community has chosen to recognise the sacrifices they make by signing this covenant.
“The covenant is a two-way arrangement and local armed forces personnel will be encouraged to support the community, too.”
He had joined borough Mayor Richard Sherras, Brigadier Nick Fitzgerald of the Army and Lieutenant Martin Walker of the Royal Navy togetyer with representatives of community groups and organisations, including Ribble Valley Homes, the Royal British Legion and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, for the flagship event.
The covenant marks Ribble Valley’s pledge to support members of the armed forces living in the borough, nurture public understanding and awareness of issues affecting service personnel, recognise the sacrifices faced by the armed forces and promote activities aimed at integrating service personnel into the community. It also encourages the armed forces to engage with the community through participation in events and joint projects.