Armed Forces Day national event set for royal welcome

Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday 25th June 2016, it’s sure to be a spectacular event with celebrations beginning on Monday 20th June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.

With just over five weeks to go, it’s been announced that HRH The Duke of Kent will be attending the Armed Forces Day National Event in North East Lincolnshire this year.

His Royal Highness will represent Her Majesty The Queen at the event in Cleethorpes on 25 June.

As part of the event, His Royal Highness will take the Royal Salute for a tri-service parade of serving personnel, veterans and cadets.

The Duke of Kent served in the Armed Forces in the UK and overseas for 21 years, and more recently, has made a number of visits to both Iraq and Afghanistan to visit his regiments when they were engaged in combat operations in those regions.

The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Cliff Barber, said:

We’re absolutely delighted to be able to welcome His Royal Highness to the borough for the Armed Forces Day national event.

We have a proud military history, and this is our chance to say thank you to the forces, past and present, for the work they do for our country.

Cllr Ray Oxby, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

This is welcome news, and adds to what is going to be a fantastic day for businesses and local people. It’s going to be a memorable weekend, worthy of leading the nation in supporting and thanking our armed forces.

The Armed Forces Day aims to raise awareness of, show support for and celebrate the contribution of servicemen and women, past and present and this year, around 100,000 people are expected to attend.

The weekend will see spectacular displays from all three armed forces, including flying displays from the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Parachute Display teams and the Royal Navy Black Cats helicopter display flight.

In the water, HMS Blyth will be visiting our shores along with other vessels. HMS Blyth is one of seven Sandown-class Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMV) based at Clyde Naval Base in Faslane, Scotland.

And back on land, vehicles such as the AS90, a Warrior and a Terrier will be among some of the highlights in the military villages.

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