27th June 2020

What is it?

Armed Forces Day is the annual day when the nation can show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving personnel to Service families, Veterans, reservists and cadets. It always takes place on the last Saturday of each June: in 2020 on Saturday 27th. There’s also a special Reserve Day which takes place on the preceding Wednesday.

The celebrations normally start on the preceding Monday when the special Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country. Each year a town or city is chosen to host the national event with similar events taking place in many other towns, boroughs, villages and cities. Scarborough was to have hosted the event this year but, due the coronavirus outbreak, have had to cancel this with most other outdoor events marking the day having to follow suit.

In 2020 celebrate from home!

However, following the cancellation of this year’s events, there’s still much you can do to show your support for our Armed Forces on 27th June - from the safety of your own home:

  • Hold a special family lunch, party or tea with bunting and a theme of dark blue (Navy), red (Army) and light blue (Royal Air Force). Or you can use purple to denote Tri-Service too. If you have a Veteran in your household then get them to suggest some special dishes for the day. For instance, in the Navy ‘Cheesy-Hammy-Eggy’ is a popular dish – fried egg on sliced ham on toast with melted cheese on top! Or use chocolate and green food colouring to make your own ‘camo’ food! Even a rich stew and green veg counts!
  • If you personally know someone in the Armed Forces send them a message or give them a call to thank them for helping to keep the UK safe.
  • Get involved online – Join the Armed Forces Day Facebook or Twitter pages to keep up to date

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