Armed Forces Flag raising ceremony in City of London

Pictured: Lord Mayor of City of London inspect Royal Navy Guard on for the Armed Forces Flag raising ceremony at Guildhall City of London. Photographer: LPhot Unaisi Luke Copyright: UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023

On 22nd June 2023, the City of London, the Corporation of London held a flag raising ceremony at Guildhall ahead of Armed Forces Day on 24th June 2023.

The Royal Navy led the ceremony with various other members of the Armed Forces amongst the parade.

Lord Mayor, Alderman Lyons, 694th Lord Mayor of the City of London and Rear Admiral Anthony Rimington, the Royal Navy’s Director of Strategy and Policy and Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff took the salute during the raising the flag ceremony.

Armed Forces Day in the United Kingdom is an annual event celebrated in late June to commemorate the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces.

What is Armed Forces Day?

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved.

When is Armed Forces Day?

Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June.

Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on Monday 19 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.

Reserves Day on 21 June will also provide an opportunity for the country to recognise our Reserve Forces.

Where is Armed Forces Day?

Physical and virtual events are being held across the country to mark this year’s Armed Forces Day. Find your local event.

Events may be affected by COVID-19. Please contact the individual event organisers, using the contact details provided, for further information on specific events.

Why is there an Armed Forces Day?

Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families. You can find out more about what they are doing at home and around the world by visiting the official sites of the Royal NavyBritish Army and Royal Air Force.

The public show their support for the Armed Forces on Armed Forces Day, but did you know the Armed Forces Covenant outlines how the Government, businesses and communities support Armed Forces personnel past and present throughout the year? Find out more here.

Who is involved?

The Armed Forces

The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.


A veteran is anyone who has served in the HM Armed Forces at any time (including National Servicemen, Regulars and Reserves). Armed Forces Day celebrates their continued role within the military community.

You can find out more information about support for Veterans on the Veterans-UK website or by calling Veterans UK on 0808 1914 218.


Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve.

An annual Reserves Day celebrates their contribution to the Armed Forces.  Reserves Day is the Wednesday ahead of Armed Forces Day – 21 June.


The Cadet Forces (Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Cadets and the Combined Cadet Force) currently support over 130,000 young people in more than 3,000 locations across the UK. Cadets learn life and career building skills as well as gaining vocational qualifications..


Our Armed Forces couldn’t do their job without the incredible support of their family and friends.


Although Armed Forces Day is not a charitable event, the Armed Forces have the support of several UK charities and many local events will offer opportunities to support them.

To find out more about Armed Forces charities please see here.

For more on Armed Forces Day click here.


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