On the 30th June and 1st July, thousands of military and non-military families are expected to flock to the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, for its flagship Armed Forces Day weekend event.
The site will be hosting a full programme of fun family activities alongside flypasts from iconic Second World War RAF aircraft (weather depending), musical entertainment, and a food and gift fair.
Over the weekend, visitors can grasp the opportunity to learn about the work of the Armed Forces and discover the rich and varied stories of Armed Forces personnel and their families. Members of 4th Battalion Mercian Regiment will be available throughout the weekend to speak with visitors and demonstrate pieces of equipment.
On Saturday 30 June, a military band from the Royal Corps of Signals will be on site to regale visitors with classic tunes and the imposing spectre of a Lancaster bomber will loom over the site during a flypast. A parachute drop will be taking place on Sunday 1 July (weather depending) when a majestic Spitfire will also soar over the crowds.
Members of the public are being urged to come and demonstrate their support for our Armed Forces during the parade at noon on Saturday 30 June, by lining the route and cheering personnel as they march past. A formal service of thanks and a wreath laying will take place at 10.45am, prior to the parade.
In addition, there will be:
- WWI children’s assault course
- Climbing walls, inflatable air bag and zip line
- Children’s craft
- Food and gift fair
Sarah Oakden, Head of Marketing, National Memorial Arboretum said: “This flagship event is a fantastic occasion each year, bringing together thousands of families from all walks of life in celebration of the terrific contributions made by our Armed Forces. It provides the opportunity to learn new things about our Armed Forces and the people who serve as part of them during a fantastic family day out. The tremendous success of previous Armed Forces Day events inspired us to extend festivities to cover the whole weekend, and we are confident that this year will be the best yet.”