On Armed Forces Day we thank all those who are serving and who have served to defend this country


Today (Saturday 26 June) on Armed Forces Day we show our gratitude and support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

Armed Forces Day celebrations began on Monday when the Armed Forces Day flag was raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.

Servicemen from the British Army raise the Armed Forces Day Flag. Credit: Sgt Jim Wise RAF. UK MOD Crown Copyright 2021.

Physical and virtual events have been held all week across the country to mark this year’s Armed Forces Day although some traditional events have been affected by COVID-19.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosted an Armed Forces Day reception for serving members of UK Armed Forces in the garden of Number 10 Downing Street to coincide with Armed Forces Week and also visited the New Normandy Barracks in Aldershot home to the 4 RIFLES.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the New Normandy Barracks in Aldershot home to the 4 RIFLES to mark Armed Forces Week. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

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.

As of 1 January 2021, the total strength of full-time trained and untrained UK Armed Forces was almost 156,600, 56% within the British Army and the rest split equally between the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.

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.

An Armed Forces Day from 2015 National Event which took place in Guildford

To our British Armed Forces past and present – thank you, we salute you.

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