Armed Forces Day (formerly Veterans’ Day) in the United Kingdom is an annual event celebrated in late June to commemorate the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces.
To mark Armed Forces Day a special flag raising event takes place in the grounds of Ferryhill Town Hall, usually on the last Saturday in June, which is the Official Armed Forces Day.
Residents are invited to congregate in the Town Hall gardens ready for a speech by the Town Mayor and a service by a local Minister. The flag is raised to the sound of the bugle and is followed by a two minutes silence. The flag is flown in unison with other flags being raised across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man in a universal show of support, honouring Britain’s Armed Forces past, present and future, and marking a moment in history that will long be remembered with warmth and pride by the men and women who make up the Armed Forces.
Following the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag, tea & coffee is served in the Town Hall, and the event moves to the Market Place Car Park where there are stalls raising money for various charities, various activities as well as free face painting.
Sadly, the celebrations organised for Armed Forces Day 2020 had to be cancelled due Covid-19 restrictions, however, the day was suitable marked by the Town Mayor, Councillor Joe Makepeace, together with Garry Suggett and Adam Gray, from the Veteran Buglers Association.
For more information about this or any other Town Council organised event please contact: Karen Younghusband at Ferryhill Town Hall on telephone: 01740 652157 or email email@example.com