Wednesday 2nd June 2021
As a member of the Armed Forces Community you are likely to be familiar with Armed Forces Day. But what do you know about it? Why is it significant? Here we share the what, why, when and who of Armed Forces Day.
What is Armed Forces Day?
Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for 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 is not a charitable event. However, the Armed Forces are supported by several UK charities and many local events will therefore offer opportunities to support them.
Why is it important?
When we show our support for our Armed Forces it provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families. It shows we appreciate what they do and the sacrifices they make.
Whilst we, the general public, show our support on Armed Forces Day, did you know the Armed Forces Covenant outlines how the Government, businesses and communities support Armed Forces personnel throughout the year?
When is Armed Forces Day?
Armed Forces Day takes place every year on the last Saturday in June.
Armed Forces Day 2021
For 2021, Armed Forces Day will take place on Saturday 26 June. On Monday 21 June, when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country, celebrations will begin.
Who is Armed Forces Day for?
When we show our support for the Armed Forces community, we are celebrating each and every person including;
The Armed Forces
The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.
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 – 23 June.
Our Armed Forces couldn’t do their job without the incredible support of their family and friends.
Source: Armed Forces Day Website