Celebrations to honour the UK’s Armed Forces will take place on the Hoe and the Barbican, with a packed programme of activity taking place throughout the day.
Among the highlights of the event will be an Armed Forces Day Parade, made up of current personnel, veterans and cadets. They will march through the streets around the Hoe and on to the Promenade, where The Earl of Wessex will take the salute from the dais in front of the Naval War Memorial.
The Earl of Wessex has strong links with the military, holding several military appointments including Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, and Colonel of both the Royal Wessex Yeomanry and 2nd Battalion, The Rifles. His Royal Highness is also Patron of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Association, and spent three years as a Royal Marine University Cadet.
The Earl of Wessex said: “I am delighted to be able to represent Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family in the historic City of Plymouth on Armed Forces Day. Over the years, I have been privileged to witness the work of our Armed Forces in many different theatres and fighting a variety of different foes, and as a nation we are extraordinarily lucky to have such good Armed Forces with an excellent reputation world-wide. Armed Forces Day is a moment for us all to contemplate and be thankful for what they do and have done for us here at home and, perhaps more importantly, on our behalf overseas.”
Organised by Plymouth City Council and sponsored by Babcock International, the Armed Forces Day National Event on Saturday 30 June is the culmination of a week-long celebration of our Armed Forces in Plymouth.
The day’s celebrations start at 9.30am on the Hoe and will including military displays on land, sea and in the air, including an appearance by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and the spectacular Red Arrows, which is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the city. The entertainment will continue into the evening with live music and performances on the Barbican from 6pm.
Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Michael Wright said: “It is a great honour for Plymouth to welcome His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex to our city for the Armed Forces Day National Event. I hope His Royal Highness will enjoy visiting our great city and the activity we have planned to celebrate the fantastic work of our Armed Forces, both serving personnel and veterans.”
For the latest news and updates about the Armed Forces Day National Event in Plymouth and the full schedule for the day, please visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/armedforcesweek.
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