Armed Forces Day

27th June 2018

This Saturday 30th June marks the tenth Armed Forces Day and provides a valuable opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary work of the men and women from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, both regulars and reserves, as well as cadets and veterans.

Our tireless Armed Forces are currently involved in over 20 operations in more than 25 countries, from Estonia to Iraq. But many of those back at home will be in attendance at events up and down the country as will many veterans who 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 cadets have almost 100,000 members.

Events have been planned throughout the country on the biggest Armed Forces Day ever, with a record number of flypasts, displays and exhibitions providing an opportunity for local communities to show their appreciation to our armed forces for the challenging job they do for us. Local residents can visit Plymouth’s Hoe Park for a family friendly day filled interactive activities, military displays and a spectacular aerobatic air show.

In addition to community events taking place in our own towns and up and down the country, a national event will take place in Llandudno, North Wales, including a parade of around 1,000 serving personnel, veterans, cadets and marching bands who will step off from the Llandudno War Memorial at 11am to signal the start of the Armed Forces Day celebrations.

Over the past year we have continued to see our servicemen and women on hand every hour of every day to protect us; from troops helping those struggling in heavy snowfall in our rural areas to the emergency assistance provided in the aftermath of the Salisbury attack. Further afield, in the Caribbean, 2000 personnel were deployed in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Irma to assist ordinary people on those islands as they rebuild their lives.

I pay tribute to all our servicemen who through their professionalism and dedication have shown that we can always depend on them to protect us no matter the circumstances.