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Armed Forces Day

ARMED FORCES DAY 2019: What Is Happening Near You?

All the gen on Armed Forces Day events across the UK and around the world

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Armed Forces Day 2019 is gearing up for a national show of support to let our Services that we've got their back like they have ours, day in, day out, throughout the year - and here is how you can get involved to say a big thank you to our Armed Forces community.

There are many ways members of the public, whether those with military connections or not, and communities and organisations across the country can show their support for the men and women who make up the UK's Armed Forces on Armed Forces Day.

Showing support for the military provides a much-valued morale boost for the troops and their families and to let our Armed Forces community - from serving personnel to Service families, veterans and cadets - know that we value how much they do for our country, not only in defending us but the multitude of roles they play that contributes so much to our society.

The public can show their support for the Armed Forces but Government organisations, businesses and communities can show their support throughout the year, by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

Here, we give a rundown of some of the events that are taking place across the country to mark Armed Forces Day 2019, including this year's host of the national event in Salisbury.


Armed Forces Day in Colchester:

The Garrison Commander has promised a spectacular event at Abbey Field to mark Armed Forces Day and the 16 Air Assault Brigade & Colchester Garrison Show, even though the Brigade is mostly away on exercise in Croatia until a few days before. 

Dropping in to start the show are the Red Devils (the Parachute Regiment's display team), for the first time there will be a parade of veterans and cadets and the Lord Lieutenant of Essex will be taking the salute. 

The family fun show starts at 11am on Saturday 29th June and there is free parking and admission. 

Armed Forces Day in York:

This historical city will be coming together to show its support for the UK military. The event starts at 11am in the city and will include live music as well as a range of activities and visual attractions. 

Armed Forces Day in Scarborough:

Next year's hosts, of the national event, will be celebrating the Scarborough Cadets Centenary alongside Armed Forces Day 2019. 

From 10am you'll be able to take a walk down memory lane as Sandside is dedicated to the 1940s and World War Two. To mark the occasion Scarborough Sea Cadets will be competing against Northampton Sea Cadets in a Double Gun Run Challenge. 

Displays of thanks will be taking place on land, air and sea - parades, Spitfire display and RNLI display in South Bay, are just a few of those. 

Armed Forces Day Flag Aldershot

Armed Forces Day in Plymouth: 

The day is full of events to entertain as well as supporting Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29th June. 

Across Plymouth Hoe there will be a variety of 'villages' showcasing the work of the Royal Navy, Army, RAF, Royal Marines, Emergency Services and other organisations and charities. The 'thank you' event runs from 10am - 10:30pm and throughout, spectators will be able to watch performances from Community Military Kids Choir, X-Factor runner-up Scarlett Lee, and the Red Arrows will be taking to the skies. 

Armed Forces Day in Liverpool:

Liverpool will be showing its support for the men and women of the UK military with a tri-service event at the Royal Albert Dock. 

The day, 29th June, starts at 10:30am with a ceremony at Our Lady and St Nicholas Parish Church before a parade makes its way to the gates of the dock. A variety of attractions will be there including the Royal British Legion's Poppy Bus offering face painting onboard and RNLI virtual reality experience where you can step onboard without leaving the shore, amongst others.

Armed Forces Day in Sheffield

One of the most accomplished brass and marching bands in the country will perform for the public as Sheffield marks Armed Forces Day.

The Band of the Yorkshire Regiment, which is made up of Army Reserve Musicians from all over Yorkshire and includes several members who have served as full-time musicians in the British Army, will perform two shows in the city centre on Saturday.

The 21-piece band, which was formed in 2008, is one of the 19 UK-based Army Reserve bands and an integral part of 4 Yorks.

Tony Downing, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, invited the band to perform in recognition of the contribution the Armed Forces have made to society in the city over the years.

Councillor Downing said: “Sheffield celebrates Armed Forces Day each year in recognition not only of the fine service people from our city who are serving this country near and far, but those thousands who have given such honourable service to Sheffield for so many years.

“It will be a proud moment for me to stand alongside the band as First Citizen of Sheffield and I hope as many people as possible can join us in celebrating Armed Forces Day.”

The band will play two concerts during the day - at The Moor, in one of the pedestrianised shopping districts of the city, at 10.45am, and another at Sheffield Cathedral’s forecourt at noon.

Armed Forces Day Flag Raise Launches Week Long Celebrations

Armed Forces Day in Cleethorpes:

Watch the skies as Cleethorpes celebrates Armed Forces Day with a number of flypasts and displays throughout the weekend. 

The event begins at 10am with market stalls before the entertainment begins at the Remembrance Gate Stage. The North Lincolnshire town are going all out to show their support for the Armed Forces, across the day there will be a variety of performances including RAF Waddington Pipe Band, All For One Choir and the day closes with a spectacular firework display. 

Armed Forces Day in Wales:

For the first time South Wales Aviation Museum will be opening its World War Two room in support of Armed Forces Day 2019. Alongside military vehicles and re-enactors, there will be music and a wreath laying ceremony, before the last post at 1600 hrs. 

This year Armed Forces Day coincides with the Wales Airshow in Swansea and a special event is planned for the joint celebrations, including some never seen before air displays. Supporters will have the chance to try activities, as well as military themed entertainment during the day. 

Armed Forces Day in Cyprus:

There are two fun events to choose from in Cyprus to celebrate the Armed Forces on the 29th June; 

Join the Royal British Legion Larnaca for an afternoon of family fun, including a BBQ, bouncy castle, tombola and a whole lot more from 2pm. There will also be a children's fancy dress competition, this time the theme is Armed Forces Past, Present and Future. 

Over at Tunnel Beach the MTW Watersports Centre will be celebrating in style with a jam packed day of events. The action kicks off at 8am with a variety of watersports throughout the day. Thanks to CSE Events & Entertainment there is a free outdoor cinema; The Goonies and Bohemian Rhapsody will be playing in the evening. Admission to the day is free, and is open to all pass holders. 

Armed Forces Day in Germany:

British Forces Germany will be hosting a party in the park on Armed Forces Day at Normandy Barracks to show support for the work of the men and women in our Armed Forces. 

The fun starts at 2pm and features live bands, fire dancers, food stalls and kids attractions. Free transport is on offer to and from the venue which is only open to all entitled members of BFG and veterans. 

The weekend is full of events happening across the UK and around the world, to show support for the work the Armed Forces do. How will you be showing your support?