A soldier of 16 Medical Regiment waving the Armed Forces Day flag to show their support.
Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to do two things. Firstly, to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces, Secondly, it gives the nation an opportunity to Show Your Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets.
The countdown to Armed Forces Week 2019 has begun – and this year in Liverpool it’s set to be bigger and better than ever.
This Sunday, 5 May, marks 50 days until celebrations start on Monday 24 June, leading up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June, with Reserves Day also marked on 26 June.
Once again, Liverpool City Council’s Culture Liverpool team is organising the programme of events and activities.
• Monday 24 June – Flag raising ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall – 11am
• Wednesday 26 June – HMS Eaglet Drumhead Service at Exchange Flags – 7.30pm
• Saturday 29 June – Drumhead Service at Our Lady and St Nicholas Parish Church – 10.30-11am
• Saturday 29 June – Tri-service parade lead by the band of HM Royal Marines to the gates of the Royal Albert Dock where the event will be officially opened by Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Peter Brennan – 11.15am
• Saturday 29 June – Military exhibition at the Royal Albert Dock, including military assets and displays, from 10am-4pm as well as performances by local choirs and military bands from noon.
The full event schedule will be released in June.
Liverpool City Council holds the gold award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme under the Armed Forces Covenant and leads on supporting all members of the Armed Forces community, including their families, in the city.
For further information on Liverpool’s programme of events visit www.cultureliverpool.co.uk, follow @CultureLPool or use #saluteourforces.
This year, the national Armed Forces Day event will be held in Salisbury. Liverpool hosted the national event in 2017.
Ian Francis, Liverpool’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “Armed Forces Week is always a great opportunity for us to thank not only the regular and reserve forces but also the many veterans who call Liverpool their home.
“We’re very excited by our programme this year which will not only give the city a chance to acknowledge all the men and women who serve but will also give all the services an opportunity to showcase the many skills that make our Armed Forces respected around the world.”
Commodore Phil Waterhouse, who commands the Royal Navy in Northern England, said: “The flag-raising at the Town Hall has now become a tradition in Liverpool that signals the start of Armed Forces Week and I am so happy that these seven days have become an important part of the city’s calendar.
“Liverpool has a great respect for the whole of the Armed Forces community, from the youngest cadets, to its serving personnel, all the way through to its oldest veterans. And the city never forgets service families and supporters either.
“I know that the city’s response is especial to all the service personnel who hail from or serve locally. Liverpool we salute you!”