26th June 2021

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 2021 on Saturday 26th. 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 2021 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 26th June - from the safety of your own home:

  • Hold a special household 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.
  • Salute Our Forces – Pay tribute to the British Armed Forces community by posting a photo or video of yourself or your friends and colleagues saluting on Twitter (@ArmedForcesDay), Facebook https://www.facebook.com/armedforcesday on Instagram using the hashtag #SaluteOurForces. Your photo may be used on the official website or social media channels (terms and conditions can be found on the website here: https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/terms-conditions)
  • Get involved online – Join the Armed Forces Day Facebook or Twitter pages to keep up to date

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