Leeds marked Armed Forces Day with a variety of events across the city centre. 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.
The Royal Naval Association set up a stall alongside our affiliate shipmates from HMS Ceres in Millennium Square. This provided the chance for the public to speak to serving and former service personnel.
Two WW2 era aircraft – a Spitfire and a German ME109 which you will have the chance to board and experience. A military parade through the city centre featuring service men and women, past and present alongside cadets from across the city. There were a huge array of displays, military vehicles and military related stalls. This gave one the chance to suit up in real military kit and get up close with some of the weaponry used on the battlefield.
The day also provided the public the opportunity to speak with a range of military charities and veterans groups, and to hear their inspiring stories.
On completion of the day’s events HMS Ceres kindly invited our branch back to the barracks to their evening BBQ. This gave everyone a chance to relax and enjoy some drinks and wonderful food.
“The Forgotten Heroes” documentary was filmed during this years event. Veterans and serving Armed Forces Personnel were interviewed. The “Forgotten Heroes” video can be viewed in our “Video Archive” folder.
Photographs of the event can also be viewed in the photo gallery.