Herefordshire adopts The Rifles as county regiment
Herefordshire is to formally adopt The Rifles as the county regiment in a special ceremony at Hereford Shirehall.
The Rifles, the largest infantry regiment in the Army, was formed in 2007 and can trace back its roots to the Herefordshire Light Infantry.
Herefordshire Council said the honour recognised the "importance of the regiment to county life" and its recent dedicated service in Afghanistan.
The ceremony is due to take place at 12:00 BST on Friday.
Councillor Olwyn Barnett said: "We owe them a great deal for their sacrificial service in some very hostile environments."
The regiment widely recruits from across the county and three Herefordshire servicemen are among 62 Riflemen who recently died on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion will represent the regiment at the adoption.
Brigadier Edward Chamberlain will receive a shield bearing the council crest and in return will present the council with a silver bugle.