Manchester will pay tribute to the outstanding contribution of the nation’s armed forces tomorrow, Saturday 26 June, with a special day of activities for the whole family.
The Covid-secure celebration takes place on St Peter’s Square from 11am until 4pm, and members of the public are invited to come along to say 'thank you' and honour the current serving members of the armed forces and veterans of all ages for their dedication and service.
Formal ceremonies will begin at 12 noon with a symbolic march to the stage by an individual member of each Armed Force, which this year, due to Covid restrictions, replaces the annual march past.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester Tommy Judge will be joined on stage by Colonel Brian Gorski MBE Deputy Lieutenant, and Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Fox.
The Lancashire Artillery Band will perform throughout the day and military hardware including a Battery Gun and various military vehicles will be on display. There will also be displays courtesy of Central Library's Archives+ and the Military Veterans Museum focusing on the role of the Armed Forces including photographs and accounts of various campaigns.
Refreshments and socially distanced seating areas will also be available.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester Tommy Judge is himself a former member of the Armed Forces, having previously served in the British Army Royal Armoured Corps, serving for six years with the 4th Royal Tank Regiment.
He said: “The work of our Armed Forces often goes unnoticed and doesn't always get the recognition it deserves. Those that serve do so with a humbleness, strong sense of duty, and a determination simply to get the job done, without needing the plaudits.
"That is why Armed Forces Day is so important - it's our chance to make sure all those who serve know just how much respect we have for them, and how grateful we are for their service and dedication and work to keep us all safe."