Members of the Armed Forces joined local communities across Cornwall yesterday to mark 100 days to go until the Armed Forces Day national event, taking place in Falmouth on 24 June.
Amid the backdrop of Pendennis Castle, service personnel from across the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force raised the official Armed Forces Day flag, declaring the countdown as having officially started.
Adding to the celebrations, a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter hovered overhead to release an Armed Forces Day flag and soldiers from 24 Commando Regiment. The Royal Engineers abseiled down the castle walls unfurling a larger flag.
Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Dr Andrew Murrison MP said:
“With just 100 days to go until the national event, I am thrilled that the people of Cornwall will come together in Falmouth to show their support for the military community and the work that they do to keep us safe.
“Armed Forces Day is an annual opportunity for members of the public to thank our service personnel and I encourage everyone to get involved, whether that’s attending the national event in Falmouth, a local event or running their own event.”
Hosting the national event in June, Falmouth will welcome communities from all over Cornwall and the UK for a spectacular military parade and flypast. It will also provide an opportunity for members of the public to engage with military personnel, understanding what they do and to thank them for their service.
Cornwall Council Leader, Linda Taylor said:
“Armed Forces Day is a big deal for the UK and for Cornwall. Cornwall is proud to support Armed Forces Day, the national event, and the countdown starts the march of the flag around the county.
“I would like to thank everyone for their hard work in getting us to this stage, and I look forward to communities across the UK coming together this summer in Cornwall and thanking the Armed Forces.”
Armed Forces Day is the culmination of a week of events celebrating the entire Armed Forces community and all that they stand for.
Now in its 15th year, it is an opportunity for the nation to show its respect to military personnel and their families, thanking them for defending our way of life, protecting British citizens around the world, and strengthening our relationships with our allies and partners.