A Day to Honour Her Majesty’s Armed Forces
Record Number of Events for Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day (24 June) 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 Islamic State in the Middle East, to guarding the UK’s skies and seas, the UK’s Armed Forces will be saluted at a record number events across the UK and at the national event, which this year takes place in Liverpool.
The 2017 National Event will be held in the heart of Liverpool on Saturday 24 June.
Liverpool has a rich military history and continued connections with the Armed Forces. Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:
We do scale, spectacle and storytelling better than any other UK city, and I am delighted that our reputation for staging events has once again received national recognition, and as a result we have been selected as the location to host this prestigious celebration.
This day gives us the chance to recognise the role of the Armed Forces and thank all those men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country.
Liverpool City Council will now develop its own plans and the event will be linked with the International Mersey River Festival – a celebration of the waterfront with family fun, music and entertainment – with linked activities taking place across the weekend of 24 and 25 June.
Earl Howe said:
Liverpool has long and deep links to the Armed Forces, particularly the Royal Navy, and is well-known for hosting spectacular celebrations; we’re delighted to select it for Armed Forces Day 2017, building on the success of this year’s celebration in Cleethorpes.
The city’s national event will be a fantastic focal point for the UK to come together to acknowledge the hard work and sacrifice of those that serve.
Veterans attending the 2017 National Event in Liverpool should read the 2017 National Event Guidance for Veterans.
Armed Forces Day in Wales
Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns will join thousands of people at the South Wales celebrations in Caerphilly (Saturday 24 June) to honour the work and dedication of our brave Servicemen and women deployed around the world. Armed Forces Day was marked in North Wales on 17 June during a Drumhead Service in the shadows of Caernarfon Castle.
The day will start with a military parade through the town centre, and will include representatives from all the Armed Forces plus Standard Bearers, Veterans and youth organisations.
Honouring Those Who Protect Our Way of Life
Alun Cairns said: “Armed Forces Day is a special occasion when we gather together to recognise the dedication of those who work tirelessly to secure our nation’s security.
“These are extraordinary men and women who risk their lives at home and overseas to protect our way of life. The exciting programme of events planned right across the country provide great opportunities for us to show our appreciation to those directly and indirectly involved in conflict.
“I hope to see thousands of people all over Wales joining in with the celebrations.”
In the build-up to Armed Forces Day, rugby-mad Servicemen and women from Wales met up with members of the Welsh Rugby Union Squad ahead of their summer tour fixtures against Tonga and Samoa. Star players such as Alex Cuthbert joined representatives from the Army, RAF and Royal Navy to encourage people to go out and enjoy Armed Forces Day events.
Colonel Lance Patterson, Deputy Commander 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales, based in Brecon, said: “For more than three and a half centuries men and women from across Wales have served their nation in what we would recognise as the Armed Forces.
“The Armed Forces in Wales continue to play a major part in Welsh society and are amongst the largest employers in Wales with individuals employed in both the Regular and Reserve organisations from the Royal Navy, Army and the Royal Air Force.
“There are also a considerable number of dependents along with a significant veterans’ community. The cadet organisations are also very important with nearly 5,000 in Wales, supported by more than 1,000 adult volunteers.
“The Armed Forces are proud to be recognised throughout Wales and truly appreciate the support shown. This is always evident but especially at events such as Armed Forces Day which provides a valuable opportunity to celebrate that bond between the Armed Forces and Welsh society.
“I know that all Welsh men and women serving in the Armed Forces, either in Wales, elsewhere in the UK or across the globe are grateful for the support and recognition that Armed Forces Day brings.”
UK Armed Forces in 20 Current Operations in 25 Countries
Corporal Kelly Veryard, who met members of the Wales rugby squad at their Vale of Glamorgan elite training base in St Athen before they flew out on their summer tour, said: “I’m a massive rugby fan and it was a real pleasure to meet the team before they flew off on their summer tour.
“As members of the Armed Forces we appreciate so much the support we get from the public and that recognition from our national rugby team is also very special indeed.”
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.”
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.
Show Your Support for Armed Forces Day
#SaluteOurForces is 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. Last year, celebrities, members of the public and businesses all got involved – check out the best salutes in the Facebook album here.
To join in, simply send ArmedForcesDay.org.uk a photo or video of yourself or your friends and colleagues saluting!
You can submit your images in several ways:
- Tweet @ArmedForcesDay using #SaluteOurForces.
- Comment on one a Facebook post,
- or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ArmedForcesDay.org.uk may use your photo on their website or social media channels. See the terms and conditions to find out more.
Visit an Armed Forces Day Event
For a complete listing of Armed Forces Day events across the UK see www.armedforcesday.org.uk.
Featured Image: British Armed Forces Day, Official Imagery (Crown Copyright, 2017).