A spectacular parade featuring hundreds of serving and former military personnel will be the highlight of Armed Forces Day in Herefordshire on Saturday 28 June.
Armed Forces Day is an annual event which celebrates and honours the armed forces community across the country. It provides an opportunity to not only raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces, but also gives the nation a chance to show support for the armed forces community, including serving personnel, service families, veterans, reservists and cadets.
The event in Hereford will reflect the county’s long and honoured military traditions and will be focussed around The Shirehall and Cathedral Close. There will be displays, exhibitions, stalls, book signings and entertainment from Hereford College of Arts students performing excerpts from ‘Oh what a lovely war’, Hereford Police Male Choir and The Regimental Band of The Royal Welsh based at Raglan Barracks in Newport between 10am and 3pm.
There will also be a stunning parade through the city centre at 2:20pm as part of The Royal British Legion’s annual county rally. Hundreds of serving and former military personnel will form up in High Town and march along Broad Street to Hereford Cathedral for Evensong. They will then march back to High Town saluting Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Herefordshire Lady Darnley in Broad Street en route.
Councillor Peter Sinclair-Knipe, chairman of the Civilian Military Task Group, which delivers the Herefordshire Armed Forces Community Covenant, said: “The people of Herefordshire continue to show unstinting and loyal support to our armed services and this is a day when we can all remember the work and dedication of those who have served and are still serving.
“This year is made all the more significant as we begin to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War. We hope as many people as possible will turn out to the events and watch this wonderful parade to show their support for the men and women who choose to serve their country in our armed forces.”