With Armed Forces day fast approaching, towns and cities have started to mobilise to show their appreciation for the UK’s Armed Forces.
From Weymouth to Stirling, events have already begun to take place and today the Armed Forces Day flag was raised across the UK. In Liverpool, where the national event will take place, Britain’s Got Talent winner LCpl Richard ‘Magic’ Jones helped officially launch Liverpool’s national celebrations at a flag raising event at Liverpool Town Hall. Flags will also be raised on public buildings throughout the country including government buildings in Whitehall.
Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to say thank you to the entire Armed Forces community for the outstanding work they do; Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and women, both Regulars and Reservists, Cadets and veterans.
In its ninth year, Armed Forces Day is the national day dedicated to honouring the work of the Armed Forces. From fighting Daesh in the Middle East, to guarding the UK’s skies and seas, the UK’s Armed Forces will be saluted at a record 300+ events across the UK and at the National Event, which this year takes place in Liverpool.
Chief of Defence Staff Sir Stuart Peach commented on Armed Forces Day:
“I’m delighted to see people across the United Kingdom coming together to mark Armed Forces Day. The day is a chance for people to say thank you to the extraordinary men and women, stationed across the globe who dedicate their lives to defending their country and keeping British people safe.”
As well as the national event in Liverpool significant events have been organised across the country including in Caerphilly, Plymouth and Edinburgh. A number of smaller events from fetes to film screenings will take place, some of which will be held as far afield as the Falkland Islands and Cyprus.
UK Armed Forces are currently involved in over 20 Operations in more than 25 countries, from South Sudan to Iraq. But many of those back at home will be in attendance at events across the country.
Also present will be many veterans that make-up the estimated 2.56 million Armed Forces veteran community living in the UK. Young Cadets will be present too; together the Sea, Army, and Air cadet forces have almost 100,000 members, many of which will be at events up and down the country.
Further information on Armed Forces Day, including a full list of events, can be found on the dedicated website www.armedforcesday.org.uk