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Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day Celebrated in Bedford

 

Armed Forces Day is coming to Bedford on Sunday 28th June 2015. Raising awareness of the sacrifices made by servicemen and women, Armed Forces Day celebrates the contribution made to our country by those who have and still do serve in Her Majesty's Armed Forces.

 

A flag will be raised at Borough Hall to mark the week of Armed Forces Day at 10:30am on Monday 22nd June.

 

On Armed Forces Day, a parade; organised by the Bedford Royal British Legion, will set off from De Parys Avenue from 10:30am onwards, arriving in the Town Centre at 11am. Military personnel will stand alongside invited dignitaries at the John Howard statue, Market Square and then continue onwards to Harpur Square.

 

This year, Bedford will welcome to the town centre the D Day darlings; who will be singing select wartime classics, the Town Band, face-painters specialising in camouflage and charities who support service personnel along with several sporting groups running taster sessions for members of the public to try for free. Local Historian David Fowler will also be on hand to talk through Bedford’s Wartime history.

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Occasions such as Armed Forces Day provide an opportunity for us to help raise awareness of the extraordinary contribution to our country past and present members of the Armed Forces have made.

 

I hope as in past years that the Armed Forces Day event will be well supported in Bedford, as we show our gratitude to those who have served, and continue to serve, on our behalf.”

 

The British Armed Forces have been active in many conflicts and peace keeping around the world for hundreds of years. Countless service men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their Sovereign and country, as well for many other nations’. Many have been physically injured, mentally disturbed and may have lost their families, work, friends and comrades through trauma received whilst serving, which is something we should never forget to give thanks for.   

 

“For their tomorrow, we gave our today”

 

A printable leaflet, which includes all details and a map of the events taking place, can be downloaded here.

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