The annual Armed Forces Day that takes place every year is our opportunity to celebrate the work that members of the Armed Forces do – to my mind an increasingly thankless task given the redundancies being waved around in front of many soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines – some of who are destined to give everything in service of their country.
This year’s Armed Forces Day takes place today, and there are events all over London where you can see what these brave boys and girls do. Here are a few ideas if you can spare some time to show your support:
At Deepcut Fields near Guildford, the Royal Logistics Corps will be showing off some of their equipment and there will stands setting out what they do, with solders on hand to answer questions from the general public – a sportsday will also feature, with a tug-o-war, rugby, football and other team sports.
The Kingston ACF Territorial Army centre will be putting on a full day of events where cadets will be demonstrating various army skills, including ‘cam and concealment’ (that’s hiding in plain sight to you and me!) and fieldcraft. There will also be an afternoon barbecue.
Staff from RAF Northolt and 600 Squadron (City of London) of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force will be taking part in a gruelling 12 cyclethon around the local Chimes Shopping Centre. I’m sure they would appreciate support from members of the public, and they’re also look for donations. More information here.
Here’s a video setting out the aims of Armed Forces Day, and how you can get involved.
I don’t normally ask this, but please share this post on Facebook and retweet it so the word can get out to as many people as possible. These guys put themselves in danger on a routine basis and they fully deserve our support – whatever your views might be about their political masters.