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Armed Forces Day

15 Jun 2022

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Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support.

Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June.
Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on Monday 20 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.
Reserves Day also provides an opportunity for the country to recognise our Reserve Forces.

Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families. You can find out more about what they are doing at home and around the world by visiting the official sites of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.

Armed Forces Day recognises and celebrates many members past and present and the extended communities of the Armed Forces:

A veteran is anyone who has served in the HM Armed Forces at any time (including National Servicemen, Regulars and Reserves). Armed Forces Day celebrates their continued role within the military community.

Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve.

An annual Reserves Day celebrates their contribution to the Armed Forces. Reserves Day is the Wednesday ahead of Armed Forces Day – 22 June.

The Cadet Forces (Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Cadets and the Combined Cadet Force) currently support over 130,000 young people in more than 3,000 locations across the UK. Cadets learn life and career building skills as well as gaining valuable vocational qualifications.

Our Armed Forces couldn’t do their job without the incredible support of their family and friends.

Although Armed Forces Day is not a charitable event, the Armed Forces have the support of several UK charities and many local events offer opportunities to support them. Here is the event taking place nearest to Burton:
25th – 26th June 2022
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The National Memorial Arboretum, part of The Royal British Legion, has supported Armed Forces Day since 2009.
With nearly 12,000 participants this is the second biggest event after the main national event, makes a major contribution to the Armed Forces Day national programme.

The event will begin with a service of tribute in the amphitheatre to recognise the work of UK Armed Forces, and come together in thanking them for their hard work.

There will be a broad spectrum of activities for the whole family to enjoy including a WWII assault course, climbing wall, free drop air bag, and much more. Across the weekend two military bands will be performing to join in the celebrations, playing a host of live music for visitors. There will also be a ‘Food and Craft Fair’ with stalls from a range of local sellers and small businesses for all visitors to peruse.

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