This year, because physical Armed Forces Day events have been cancelled for the public health, the organisers have expanded the campaign by several days to an Armed Forces Week, so the public can still get involved online.
Each day has been given a theme, reflecting a segment of the Armed Forces community, for the public to celebrate their unique contribution:
Monday 22nd June celebrates the launch of Armed Forces Week and Armed Forces around the globe, Tuesday celebrates innovation in the Armed Forces, Wednesday celebrates the Reserve Forces, Thursday celebrates veterans, Friday is for the Cadets and Saturday 27th June is the culmination with Armed Forces Day.
Armed Forces Week is an occasion for the public to celebrate key aspects of the Armed Forces. The campaign, led by the Ministry of Defence, serves to remind the UK public that the Armed Forces keeps Britain safe and protects her interests both at home and overseas. Armed Forces Week is also an opportunity to celebrate inclusion and diversity in the Armed Forces, amongst service personnel, reserves, veterans, cadets and families.
Armed Forces Day started out in 2006 as Veterans Day to ensure the contribution of veterans was never forgotten.
In 2009, the name was changed, to include appreciation for those on active duty. It was always held on a Saturday, and the preceding Sunday was dubbed “Wear your uniform to work Day” so that reservists could also be celebrated. Over the years, the campaign evolved and it has grown to include huge events, with cities competing to host the televised national Armed Forces Day event.
To get involved in the campaign this year, individuals and organisations can use #ArmedForcesDay, #ArmedForcesWeek and #SaluteOurForces and mention @ArmedForcesDay. For more information, go to the Armed Forces Day website.