A special flag fluttered over the heart of Elgin over the weekend to mark Armed Forces Day, as traditional festivities were stood down.
The region has had a significant population from the military for generations due to the presence of military bases in Lossiemouth and Kinloss.
A flag in tribute to the forces was hoisted above Moray Council’s headquarters in Elgin ahead of the national day of celebration on Saturday, as personnel were forced to forego the public parades and processions usually held to mark the occasion.
During the earlier stages of the coronavirus lockdown, the Kinloss army base was host to a special detachment of RAF helicopters to assist with medical emergencies across Scotland.
And Lt Col Jamie Stuart, commanding officer of 39 Engineer Regiment, added that the work performed by troops providing Covid-19 mobile testing units was “a further demonstration of how we all support each other routinely and in these trying times”.
Group Captain Chris Layden, station commander of RAF Lossiemouth, said: “RAF Lossiemouth is tasked with securing the skies, and now the seas, of the United Kingdom. Both are complicated tasks, and we are fortunate to have extensive support from Moray Council and our friends and partners around the region to help us succeed on a daily basis.”