The aim of Armed Forces Day, which is now in its third year, is to boost public support and appreciation of all those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
It provides an opportunity for the UK public to recognise the contribution that the Armed Forces (serving personnel, veterans and cadets) make and have made to the nation, and for the Armed Forces and veterans to know that they are valued and enjoy the respect and support of both the Government and the nation.
The city of Edinburgh has been chosen to host the 2011 national event and, as with previous years, this will be complemented by a variety of community-led events in towns and cities across the UK.
Details of events planned in Edinburgh and elsewhere, as well as how you can show your support, are available on the Armed Forces Day website - see Related Links.
Some of the activities planned to mark Armed Forces Day this year include:
Fly the Flag for our Armed Forces
The devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, together with the regional governments in England and every local authority in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man will again be invited to fly an Armed Forces Day flag during the week preceding the main event. Flags will also be available to members of the public through Zephyr - see Related Links.
Uniform at Work Day
It is intended to hold a ‘Uniform at Work Day’ on Wednesday 22 June 2011. This would apply to all Service personnel who normally do not wear their uniform when on duty, and it would involve encouraging all Reserve Forces personnel to wear their uniforms to work too.
Wear your Veterans Badge to Work
In parallel with ‘Uniform at Work Day’, veterans employed at MOD establishments are encouraged to wear their HM Armed Forces Veterans Badges on Wednesday 22 June 2011. Promoting this concept will encourage others who are eligible to apply for their Veterans Badges and raise awareness in the workplace of the valuable contribution veterans continue to make after leaving the Armed Forces. More information and details of how to apply for the HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge can be found at the Veterans UK website - see Related Links.