Help resort celebrate Armed Forces Day

Members of the Royal British legion riders branch stop off in Queen's Square

Over 300 events including parades, military displays and community fetes will take place on Saturday.

Col. Mike Cheetham, county secretary for the Derbyshire branch of SSAFA, said: "Armed Forces Day is a way of making people aware of the Armed Forces situation and the value of our Reserve Forces".

He said ministers were "working hard" to help veterans on issues such as healthcare, housing and education.

When families are added to the number, the Armed Forces community represents nearly one in 10 of the country's people.

"The event is a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community - from now serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets". "It is wonderful that for over the last 10 years we have had a day dedicated to recognising the hard work and bravery of the forces community, along with other occasions such as Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, but this does not mean we can not offer support the whole year round".

The day is marked nationwide every year on the last Saturday of June and offers people the opportunity to "show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community". "A special private reception for our veterans will be held in the City Chambers as the city's thank you".

Meanwhile in Aberdeen, Vice Lord-Lieutenant Andrew Lawtie took the salute as the parade passed the city's Town House, where he was joined by Lt Col Phil Fox, commanding officer of the Aberdeen Universities Officers Training Corps (AUOTC), Lieutenant Malcolm Garrington of the Royal Navy and Squadron Leader Paul Whitford, who was representing the Royal Air Force.

She said: "It is wonderful that we mark the tremendous job that our armed forces do for us here at home and across the world, helping to keep us safe".

"Therefore we, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, will endeavour in our business and charitable dealings to uphold the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant".

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