Coventry will join towns and cities around the UK to celebrate Armed Forces Day in June and say ‘thank-you’ to those who serve.
This year’s event takes place on Saturday 30 June, when the Armed Forces Day flag will be raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.
In Coventry there will be a service at Holy Trinity Church in the city centre at 10.30am, led by the Rev Graeme Anderson.
Veterans from the Armed Forces will attend the service and it is hoped that Reserve and Cadet units will also be there.
Everyone in the city is invited to attend and show their support.
Unfortunately, a planned parade by the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers to mark their 50th anniversary has had to be cancelled by the regiment because of a lack of personnel.
Lord Mayor Elect, Cllr John Blundell, who will be attending the event just weeks after taking over the chain of office, said it was a chance for the people of Coventry to celebrate the many ways the Forces support the city.
He said: “As a city we are very proud of our links with the Armed Forces, and we will again be celebrating those at the event in June.
“The Forces have played a major part in our history. Many men and women from the city have served bravely and families across Coventry have parents and grandparents who sacrificed so much to give us the freedom we enjoy today.
“The service personnel of the British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force keep us safe in times of conflict, they deliver vital aid to those in need and they help people around the world who are threatened by war and aggression.
“Our Forces have also helped Coventry to spread its message of peace and reconciliation and we are very thankful for the many ways they protect us and risk their own safety to make the world a better place.
”Armed Forces Day will be a chance to celebrate that work and to say our own personal ‘thank-you’. I look forward to meeting current service personnel and veterans and I hope many people from the city will take the opportunity to come out and show their support.”
Armed Forces Day honours serving members of the Forces, as well as veterans, reservists, cadets and the families who support them.
The event comes just a week before the city marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force, with celebrations planned over the weekend of 6-8 July. More details will be released soon.
Coventry is also a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, which is a promise to look after current and former service personnel and their families.