Armed Forces Day is a day for the public to come together with the UK military at events taking place right across the country, giving them an opportunity to personally thank the men and woman who currently serve or those who have previously served their country.

When Did It Begin And Why We Celebrate It?

Plans to celebrate our Armed Forces were announced in 2006 by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, and was called Veterans Day. In 2009 it was renamed Armed Forces Day and it has now been held annually on the last Saturday in June.

The date of 27 June or the last week in June was chosen as it came the day after the anniversary of the first investiture of the Victoria Cross, in Hyde Park, London in 1857.

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(Forces Network Stories, 20th June 2019)