Did you know that today, June 29, is 'Armed Forces Day'
? The special day aims to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those brave men and women who serve in the UK forces. Perhaps your family member/members have previously served in the military, or they might be currently serving – Armed Forces Day is for them. And even if you haven’t got any personal military connections we should all give some consideration towards the valuable contribution of the Armed Forces community: from veterans to serving troops, including cadets and service families. The UK Armed Forces defend the country and its interests. Troops are busy working around the world, providing security, delivering aid, and fighting terrorism. Your support provides a valued morale boost for troops and their families. Don’t forget them – especially not today – on their day. The National Event today will be held in Nottingham, but there are many more occasions up and down the country being held in support of Armed Forces Day. In the event host city, Nottingham, the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force will put on a spectacular display to honour our Armed Forces past and present - offering an opportunity to see the Armed Forces up close. Celebrations will begin with a "feu du joie" - a "fire of joy" - by the guns of local unit 100 Regiment Royal Artillery from Nottingham Castle, as a spectacular tri-Service parade makes its way from the Castle to the Old Market Square for a Drumhead Service. Also involved in the procession will be horses and riders from the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the world-famous ceremonial gun battery, on their first ever visit to Nottingham. There will also be flypasts by RAF aircraft, before afternoon celebrations commence at Nottingham's Victoria Embankment park by the river Trent, including military displays from all three Services. Cardiff will also host a parade through the city centre, followed by a Drumhead service. The annual celebration which starts at 10am in Cooper’s Field, Bute Park, will also include an inflatable assault course, displays by the South Wales Police Dogs, an RAF Sea King helicopter fly-past, musical performances by the Commando Training Centre Band of the Royal Marines, the South Wales Police Band and the City of Newport Pipes and Drums and will end with a Final Muster and Beating Retreat/ Sunset Ceremony at 5.30pm. For full details visit www.armedforcesdaywales.co.uk North East Lincolnshire will have a variety of live music at Pier Gardens followed by a parade starting at 2pm at St Peters Church in Knoll Street. The day will also feature a Typhoon display and a variety of military themed activities culminating in a spectacular fireworks display at 10pm. Meanwhile Plymouth's celebrations start at 10am at the Plymouth Hoe. The day will include a range of live music, a parade and an air display which will include the Royal Navy Historic Flight. For full details visit www.visitplymouth.co.uk. And the events don't end on Saturday, Southwark in London will be hosting its Armed Forces Day celebrations tomorrow, on Sunday 30 June, kicking off with a military parade at 11.30am from Library Street to the Imperial War Museum. The event will also include the freedom of Southwark being conferred on 256 (City of London) Field Hospital Volunteers, The Royal Marines Reserve (City of London) and the London Regiment. A performance from the Military Wives Choir and displays of Second World War vehicles will make this a day to remember. For full details visit www.southwark.gov.uk/armedforcesday. There are many more events taking place across the country and to find out if an event is taking place in your area, please go to the Armed Forces Day Find Your Nearest Event
page. Will you be showing your support and attending any events today? Comment below and let us know what you are doing, or fill us in on any Armed Forces Day events you organised or attended. For more information on the programme of the day and other events taking place near you visit the Armed Forces Day
website. Source: Armed Forces Day