Across the country on June the 30th (and on surrounding dates) there will be a variety of events celebrating and supporting the British Armed Forces.
The National Event this year will be held in Plymouth , centred around Plymouth Hoe on the 30th of June but with a variety of events taking place between the 25th of June and 1st of July. The event on the 30th of June will include a tri-service and veterans parade, visits to HMS Argyll and a display by the Red Arrows as well as evening entertainment.
Last year Edinburgh hosted a very successful National Event over a period of three days which centred around Saturday 25th June, which was Armed Forces Day nationwide.
Edinburgh’s National Event began on Friday 24th June at Ocean Terminal where HMS Portland was in dock and members of the public were able to tour the type 23 frigate. (HMS Portland has been more recently in the news as being the first major warship to have a female commander, Sarah West). The event at Ocean Terminal also included a display by the Red Arrows and various other exhibitions and displays.
Saturday 25th of June was the main event which saw a military parade from Edinburgh Castle down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Park where Princes Charles received the troops. There was also a fly-past by the Red Arrows. Throughout the day there was music and exhibitions, there were a variety of stalls showcasing the Navy, Army and RAF as well as stalls drumming up support for the various armed forces charities.
It was, all in all, a brilliant weekend which did Edinburgh and the Armed Forces proud.
This year Edinburgh will host a more low key event based in Princes Street Gardens. The event will be held on Armed Forces Day on Saturday June 30th and will begin at 1230 when Veterans and Cadets will gather at Kings Stables Road to prepare for the Armed Forces Day Parade.
The Parade will begin at 1300 with veterans and cadets marching a route from Kings Stables Road through into Princes Street Gardens, past the Ross Fountain and onto the Ross Theatre.
The Parade is expected to last around 20 minutes and will be followed by speeches beginning at about 1320. The Lord Provost and representatives of veterans and the Armed Forces are among those expected to speak.
From about 1345 onwards there will be entertainment, including military music performances, exhibitions and children’s activities, within Princes Street Gardens west and at the Ross Theatre. There will also be stalls including those for the Veterans Association.
The day will close at 1700 with the Ceremony of Beating Retreat.
Please come along and show your support for your Armed Forces. These are great days, well organised and it gives everyone the chance to show support.
If you don’t live in Edinburgh but would like to attend an Armed Forces Day event it’s likely there’s one near you – check the event listings for more details.
Originally published on 26 May 2012 (updated 12/06/12)