- Armed Forces Day flag flying across the UK
- The Armed Forces Covenant reached its 10th anniversary this year
- Over a hundred events mark annual celebration of our Armed Forces
The nation is coming together to mark Armed Forces Week, with flag-raising ceremonies across the country kicking off a week of celebrations and community events.
From Edinburgh Castle to Cardiff, Carrickfergus and the National Memorial Arboretum, the Armed Forces Day flag is flying proudly as the public show their support for Service personnel, reservists, veterans, cadets and the families that support them.
In London, the Houses of Parliament will fly the Armed Forces Day flag in New Palace Yard at the Palace of Westminster this week.
This comes as the House of Commons sign the Armed Forces Covenant, joining 7,000 other employers and organisations who have made the landmark commitment to our Armed Forces and veterans over the Covenant’s tenyear history.
The Covenant is a formal agreement between the Government and organisations to ensure that no service personnel or veterans are disadvantaged due to having served in the Armed Forces.
The flag-raising ceremony in Westminster – attended by the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Defence Secretary – has opened a week-long series of celebrations with more than 100 community events to be held in towns and cities throughout the United Kingdom.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:
“As we kick off events to mark this year’s Armed Forces Day, I’m delighted that the House of Commons is showing their support for our Service personnel by raising the flag and signing the Armed Forces Covenant. This week is an annual opportunity for all of us to recognise the work our Armed Forces do, at home and abroad, to keep us safe.”
Armed Forces Week is a chance for people to come together to thank our Armed Forces, who defend our way of life, protect British citizens around the world, and strengthen our relationships with our allies and partners.
The UK’s Armed Forces are currently serving on 39 operations in 40 countries around the globe, from protecting the freedom of maritime trade in the Persian Gulf, to securing the skies of Eastern Europe in Romania and defending vulnerable civilians in Cameroon.
The work of the Armed Forces to defend the UK and its interests includes:
- 3,700 Armed Forces personnel on board nine ships and 32 aircraft deployed in our Carrier Strike Group, currently in the Eastern Mediterranean
- Two Royal Navy ships, RFA WAVE KNIGHT and HMS MEDWAY, supporting British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean
- 400 British Army personnel in Mali preventing terrorism and keeping the peace alongside the UN
- RAF personnel defeating Daesh from the skies with sorties over Northern Iraq
Armed Forces Day – traditionally held on the last Saturday of June – will be celebrated by Armed Forces personnel and their families at the National Memorial Arboretum on Saturday (26 June) with other events taking place across the country.
The events will be the culmination of a week of community celebrations, virtual activities and media opportunities to help the nation thank the Armed Forces for their dedication and heroism.
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