Saluting the troops
The Union Flag will be flying high as military personnel past and present receive recognition from the nation for their hard work, commitment and dedication on Armed Forces Day.
The celebrations begin on Monday 20th June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.
On Saturday 25th June, people across the nation will be holding local celebrations to say “Thank You” to members of the Armed Forces community – including current personnel, Reserves, veterans, cadets and families – for their contribution to the nation.
This year’s national event takes place in North East Lincolnshire, with the coastal town of Cleethorpes hosting a military parade, air displays, music, entertainment and family activities that will make a great day out.
In 2015, more than 170 Armed Forces Day celebrations were held across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and more than 120 were supported with funding from the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
Wing Commander Tracey Broome, from the Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Day team, explained: “Armed Forces Day is chance for the public to show their support for everyone in the Armed Forces community. Now in its eighth year, we’ve funded a huge variety of Armed Forces Day events, from horse races to music events. We want to make sure that every community across the UK has an opportunity to convey their thanks through their own unique local event.”
Anyone looking to organise a local event – from small neighbourhood street-parties to city-wide parades – can apply for support to help with organisational expenses.
#SaluteOurForces is also a simple way for anyone to pay tribute to the British Armed Forces community for their hard work, dedication and efforts to and keep us safe in the UK and across the globe.