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Coventry to celebrate Armed Forces Day with 605 Squadron

Published Friday, 23 June 2017

Coventry’s Lord Mayor is inviting members of the public to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June.

Armed Forces Day takes place every year and is a chance for people to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces, from troops who are currently serving, to their families, and to veterans and cadets. It takes place on the last Saturday of June each year.

A service will be taking place at 2pm in Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 24 June, followed by a parade at 3pm. The parade will march along Broadgate, with the Lord Mayor taking the Salute.

However, this year, a special tribute is being paid to 605 Squadron, which was formed in the 1920s and has played a major role in Britain’s wartime history, seeing action as Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and Malta, and having a part in Coventry’s history too, with bases at Honiley and Baginton.

605 Squadron was previously granted the Freedom of Coventry 65 years ago, where the city marked the occasion by presenting a silver rose bowl.

Years later, after the Squadron disbanded, the bowl was given back to Coventry City Council in order to preserve it.

605 Squadron was reformed in November 2014 as an RAF Reserve Logistics Support Squadron and are based at RAF Cosford. They now provide logistical support to the RAF and enable missions around the world, with its skilled reserves ready to be mobilised wherever they are needed.

To thank them, the rose bowl will rejoin 605 Squadron on display at their HQ with all their other silverware.

The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Tony Skipper, said: “Coventry, as a city, is very proud of its links with the Squadron and the Armed Forces. It’s important to remember and celebrate those links."

"The day is vital to thanking those brave personnel who have kept us safe and helped Coventry spread its message of peace and reconciliation around the world.”

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