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Armed Forces Day

The Guards Division War Mememoral commemorates the war dead from the Guards Division and related units during the First World War, and of the Household Division in the Second World War and other conflicts since 1918. 



Plans for a Veterans' Day were announced in February 2006 by then-Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, who said the aim was to ensure the contribution of veterans was never forgotten. The day is marked across the UK by local ceremonies and the presentation of medals to living ex-servicemen and women. The date of 27 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.

Veterans' Day was created as a permanent extension of Veterans' Awareness Week first held in 2005. Armed Forces Day generally focuses on celebrating living current/ex servicemen & women, whereas Remembrance Day focuses on honouring the dead. Although it used to be called Veterans' Day in the UK, it is not the same as the United States' Veterans Day which is more similar to Remembrance Day in The Commonwealth.

On 25 June 2007 Jim Devine, the Member of Parliament for Livingston, tabled a House of Commons Early Day Motion calling for the day to be a public holiday, stating "that this House recognises the outstanding contribution that veterans have made to the country; and believes that Veterans' Day should be a national public holiday across the United Kingdom."


Armed Forces Today

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 and get involved. Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June. Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on the Monday before when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country. There is a Reserves Day within the Armed Forces week to provide an opportunity for the country to recognise our Reserve Forces. The location varies each year. Below is the list of locations in each year.


Veterans Day

2006 - Main parades in Dundee, Staffordshire and Central London

2007 - Main parades in Birmingham

2008 - Main parades in Blackpool and London


Armed Forces Day

2009 - Main parades in Chatham, Kent

2010 - Main parades in Cardiff

2011 - Main parades in Edinburgh

2012 - Main parades in Plymouth

2013 - Main parades in Nottingham

2014 - Main parades in Stirling

2015 - Main parades in Guilford

2016 - Main parades in Cleethorpes

2017 - Main parades in Liverpool

2018 - Main parades in Llandudno

2019 - Main parades in Salisbury

2020 - Main parades scheduled in Scarborough - Unfortunately due to the coronavirus outbreak, this years Armed Forces Day National Event has been cancelled.

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Armed Forces Week and Armed Forces Day shows support for the Armed Forces provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families. The public show their support for the Armed Forces on Armed Forces Day. The Armed Forces Covenant outlines how the Government, businesses and communities support Armed Forces personnel past and present throughout the year.


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