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Celebrate what makes us great – Armed Forces Day Carlisle - June 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Armed Forces Day is a national event that takes place on Saturday the 29th of June.  

The annual event is a chance for the general public to commemorate the service of the men and women in the British Armed Forces.  It’s not the same Remembrance Day which focuses on honouring the fallen, Armed Forces Day celebrates the achievements and service of our current and ex-service personal. 

Introduced in 2006 it has been held on the last Saturday of June to commemorate the anniversary of the first Victoria Cross being awarded back in 1857.  

You can get involved online and pay tribute to the British Armed Forces community by sending a photo or video of yourself, friends and colleagues saluting on social media using the hashtag #SaluteOurForces. 

There’s plenty of other ways you can show your support for the men and women who make up the armed forces whether they’re current serving troops, service families, veterans or cadets. 

Events are held throughout the country and Carlisle is no exception. Celebrations will commence with raising the Flag at the Old Town Hall on Monday 24th at midday.  The Mayor of Carlisle will attend along with other VIP Guests, a contingent of veterans and cadets will attend to witness the dedication. 

The main event is in Carlisle’s city centre pedestrianised area on Saturday 29th from 10am to 4pm and Tony Parrini, Royal British Legion Branch Secretary (Carlisle and Stanwix Branch), would love to see a big turnout: 

“2019 may be seen as a ‘low year’ after the centenaries of 2018, but it remains extremely important that the Armed Forces and ex Forces Organisations are kept in the public eye.  For many, the need for an effective defence of our country has slipped off the radar, yet our serving personnel are deployed on active duty in many overseas locations as well as the defence of the United Kingdom.”  

Stalls and exhibitions will be in place from 10am and music by the Border Concert Band will liven proceedings from midday. Money raised from the stalls and raffles will be shared between three Service Benevolent Funds. 

The event is supported by Carlisle City Council and representatives from Royal Air Force Spadeadam, Armed Forces Careers, 1862 Squadron (Air Cadets), Carlisle Sea Cadet Force, Cumbria Army Cadet Force, the Cumbria Museum of Military Life, the Military Vehicles Trust and Royal British Legionincluding the Women’s Sectionwill all be attending.  

It’s anticipated that other organisations will be in attendance on the day and they include the Solway Aviation Museum, the Gurkha Training Regiment, 5/8 Battery Royal Artillery (The Cumbria and Lancashire Gunners), 2 Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Recruiting Team and The Annan Junior Pipe Band. 

Tony said: “Hopefully, the public will make a special effort to support the day and use the opportunity to show their appreciation of the achievements of our veterans, the ongoing work of today’s Armed Forces in maintaining the peace that we enjoy and the opportunities the Armed Forces offer our future generations.  

The display of the Armed Forces Day Flag will send out a clear message that will be appreciated by all our service personnel, past, present and future.” 

The programme has yet to be finalised but it will wrap up with the ceremonial lowering of the flag and presentation of a Citation of Appreciation of the Armed Forces by the Mayor of Carlisle, which will be received by 2 Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.  

The day ends with a march past of Veterans and Cadets units who will pay compliments to the Deputy Mayor and other VIPs. 

All serving personnel, off duty, ex-service veterans and cadet formations are invited to take part in the Parade and Flag lowering ceremony. 

So mark the event in your diary, it’s a great chance to celebrate, meet and thank those that help keep us safe. 


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June 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Carlisle City Centre
English Street
Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 United Kingdom
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