People from across Staffordshire are being invited to pay tribute to members of the Armed Forces, as the county prepares to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30 June.
Once again, the National Memorial Arboretum will lead the nation’s commemorations with a special remembrance parade and service on the day and a weekend of family activities. Events to mark the day will also take place in towns and villages while the County Council will be flying the Armed Forces flag from its ceremonial County Buildings in Stafford.
Michael Greatorex, Chairman of Staffordshire County Council said:
“I do hope people will join me on this special day to pay tribute to all our armed forces personnel. We will be proudly flying the Armed Forces flag to show our support and I would encourage people to take a few moments to think about their hard work, dedication and efforts to keep us all safe.”
Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council added:
“As a big supporter of the forces I hope people will join the county council in showing our support for the brave men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.
“With an increasing number of military personnel in the county, it’s vital that we continue to support our Armed Forces and their families in whatever way we can. We’re also incredibly proud to have the National Memorial Arboretum here in Staffordshire and I’m delighted it has such a key role in the country’s commemorations.”
Organisations working with the armed forces and their communities are also reminded about the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant Fund. This funding offers financial support to organisations and projects to help bring together Armed Forces and civilian communities. People can find out more at www.covenantfund.org.uk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
The National Memorial Arboretum have lots of family activities taking place across the weekend, including a special Armed Forces Day parade and service, RAF flypasts, Veterans Village and a service of tribute on Saturday. You can find out more at www.thenma.org.uk