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Armed Forces Day 2020 – Everything you need to know

What is Armed Forces Day?

Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to celebrate those who give our nation their all. It is also a time to raise money and support those who have suffered injuries and illnesses sustained during or as a result of their service in the British Armed Forces.

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Where is Armed Forces Day 2020?

This year’s Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday 27 June and the celebrations begin on Monday 22 June, when the flag for Armed Forces Day will be raised on landmarks and buildings across the country to signal the start of Armed Forces Week.

This year’s event, which was due to be held in Scarborough, has sadly been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, but there are still plenty of ways you can celebrate it virtually!  Find out more about how you can support our heroes this Armed Forces Day. Click here.

What is the purpose of Armed Forces Day?

We celebrate Armed Forces Day to show support and appreciation for the Armed Forces in the UK, Veterans, Reservists, Cadets and their families. It is also a chance to raise money and help to support those with injuries and illnesses that are a result of their service in the British Armed Forces.

Why do we celebrate Armed Forces Day?

Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to support men and women in the Armed Forces and their families. To find out more about the great work the Armed Forces do in the UK and around the world visit the official website of the British Army https://www.army.mod.uk/ , Royal Navy https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/  and the Royal Air Force https://www.raf.mod.uk/ .

Where has Armed Forces Day previously been held?

In the UK, Armed Forces Day used to be called Veterans’ Day, but changed its name in 2009. It has been held in many different cities around the country including:

  • Armed Forces Day 2009 – Chatham, Kent

  • Armed Forces Day 2010 – Cardiff

  • Armed Forces Day 2011 – Edinburgh

  • Armed Forces Day 2012 – Plymouth

  • Armed Forces Day 2013 – Nottingham

  • Armed Forces Day 2014 – Stirling

  • Armed Forces Day 2015 – Guilford

  • Armed Forces Day 2016 – Lincolnshire

  • Armed Forces Day 2017 – Liverpool

  • Armed Forces Day 2018 – Llandudno

  • Armed Forces Day 2019 – Salisbury

How can I get involved in Armed Forces Day?

Now more than ever, isolated veterans need your support. If you would like to fundraise for Help for Heroes and make a life-changing difference to our heroes, take a look at our fundraising ideas  https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/give-support/fundraise/fundraising-ideas/ and information https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/give-support/fundraise/fundraising-information/ .

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