ARMED FORCES DAY

Published on 23 June 2019

ARMED FORCES DAY

What Is It And Why Do We Celebrate It?

Armed Forces Day is a day for the public to come together with the UK military at events taking place right across the country, giving them an opportunity to personally thank the men and woman who currently serve or those who have previously served their country.

When Did It Begin And Why We Celebrate It?

Plans to celebrate our Armed Forces were announced in 2006 by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, and was called Veterans Day. In 2009 it was renamed Armed Forces Day and it has now been held annually on the last Saturday in June. 

The date of 27 June or the last week in June was chosen as it came the day after the anniversary of the first investiture of the Victoria Cross, in Hyde Park, London in 1857.

The day is a chance for members of the public to celebrate and show their support of the contributions, both past and present, of those who have served in the British Armed Forces.

Who Makes Up The Armed Forces?

The British Armed Forces is made up of three parts: the Royal Navy (Including Royal Marines), the British Army and Royal Air Force.

The current strength of the UK Service Personnel is 192,160 which includes Regular, Full-time Reserve and Volunteer Reserve forces.

What Type Of Work Do The Armed Forces Do?

The British Armed Forces, also known as Her Majesty's Armed Forces, are the military services responsible for the defence of the United Kingdom and its residents, its overseas territories and the Crown dependencies. They also promote Britain's wider interests, supporting international peacekeeping efforts and to provide humanitarian aid.

What Can You Do To Show Your Support?

There are hundreds of official events taking place to celebrate Armed Forces Day right across UK towns and cities this year. 

Why not go along to one of these events, go and talk to a veteran/serving soldier, sailor or air force personnel and find out what they get up to and have your chance to thank them in person.

The VETERANS RAFFLE will be at PORTSMOUTH Historic Dockyard

Saturday 29th June between 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Veterans of all ages are welcome, as are active servicemen and women. The official Armed Forces Day in Portsmouth is a chance for visitors to meet servicemen and women who have served on behalf of us.

The site will be a hive of activity with arena displays showcasing our armed forces and cadets organisations and military and veteran Parades. Also including a rifle display by the Royal Marine Cadets, a performance by the Rose and Thistle Pipe Band, The Royal Marines School of Music and The Military Wives Choir.

Come and see interactive displays, stands and activities for all the family. Jump inside a Harrier cockpit or visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy galleries opposite HMS Victory which will be free and open to all. More importantly there will be a chance to speak to veterans, hear their stories and reminisce about days gone by at our veteran’s corner.


The entertainment continues into the afternoon with Michael Bublé tribute act, Tony Tyler and Abba Stars UK singing a series of fan favourite hits.

Free entry to the site. However, additional ticket required to access other attractions. The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth galleries will be open free of charge.

Source: Extract from Forces Network

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