Edinburgh Armed Forces Day

Submitted by actionman on Fri, 29 Jun '12 9.48pm
Time & place

Edinburgh was host city for Armed Forces Day in 2011, holding a three-day programme to salute the Armed Forces. This year there's a half a day of celebrations in Princes Street Gardens.

Celebrations will start from 1pm as the annual parade of, veterans and cadets will move off from Kings Stables Road along to the Ross Theatre in Princes Street Gardens.

A variety of different events will then be hosted in the gardens until 5pm. Highlights include a flypast by a Royal Air Force Typhoon, entertainment from acts such as the Kennedy Cupcakes and the SCOTS Mil Afghan Rock Band, as well as inflatable assault courses and bouncy castles.

Events will last throughout the day and round off at 5pm with the Ceremony of Beating Retreat.

"Our military service personnel and veterans deserve recognition for the immense sacrifice they make day in and day out to keep this country and its people safe. Holding a day of celebration in their honour is just one of the ways the City can thank them," says The Rt Hon Donald Wilson, Lord Lieutenant, Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh and Veterans Champion.

Kevin Gray, spokesperson for the Royal British Legion Scotland, said: “We are proud and delighted to take part in Armed Forces’ Day. The Legion regards the event as one of the most important parts of its year when we can come together as a nation and pay tribute to the grit and professionalism of our Forces."

Background

Armed Forces Day is the annual, national campaign that allows everyone to show their support for the men and women of the Armed Forces past and present, including currently serving troops, Service families, Reservists, veterans and cadets.

Similar events have been taking place across the UK, enabling people to come out and show their support, and giving a much-valued morale boost for Armed Forces personnel and their families. This year’s national event took place in the City of Plymouth.