Liverpool is getting ready to celebrate this year’s Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 30 June.
Events start at Exchange Flags at 10.30am with a Drumhead Service led by the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Artillery 103 Regiment where a parade will then make its way to the Royal Albert Dock where there will be entertainment and field hospital displays from 10am-4pm.
Local artist Simon Armstrong has created a “Tree of Thanks” that will be on display at the dock and people are encouraged to write messages of thanks to our troops to be placed on the tree.
All three regular services will be taking part along with Reserve Forces, cadets, and the veteran community.
The city will also be celebrating HMS Eaglet’s centenary on Wednesday 27 June which is also Reserve Forces Day. A commemorative Drum and Flag Service will take place at 7.30pm, in Exchange Flags, and the public is welcome to attend.
The Reserve Forces make up approximately one sixth of the Armed Forces personnel and have a particularly important role in specialist areas such as medical and cyber security.
Ian Francis, Liverpool’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “To be celebrating our Armed Forces and Reserve Forces is something as a city we look forward to every year. Having the opportunity to thank Regulars and Reserves is incredibly important for us. Liverpool has a very long and proud tradition of supporting the services and being Armed Forces friendly.”