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Armed Forces Day National Event -Stirling

The city of Stirling has been chosen to host the Armed Forces Day national event on 28 June 2014.

Plansare underway to create a spectacular national event in the historic city, enabling the local community the opportunity to lead the nation in honouring the UK Armed Forces past and present. The announcement was made by The Rt Hon Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Defence, who said

I congratulate the city of Stirling on its successful bid to host the UK Armed Forces Day event next year. I know that Stirling, with its strong historic military links with the Army and the Royal Air Force, will mount a spectacular celebration of our military and lead the rest of the United Kingdom in honouring our Armed Forces personnel past and present.

Our Armed Forces are an institution that serve and protect all of us as a United Kingdom.Armed Forces Day in Stirling will be the sixth national event since the Historic Dockyard Chatham hosted the inaugural event in 2009. This year’s host city of Nottingham attracted 100,000 people, and was attended by The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester representing HM The Queen.

The Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore, said

I am delighted that Stirling has been chosen to host next year’s Armed Forces Day. Stirling is proud to call itself the ‘Heart of Scotland’ and I am sure there will be an array of activities planned to make it a superb focal point for the UK-wide celebrations in support of our Armed Forces in communities throughout the country.2014 will be the second time Armed Forces Day has been held in Scotland. The first was Edinburgh in June 2011, when more than 2,500 troops from all three Services paraded down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. They were accompanied by RAF flypasts, the first aerial display in Edinburgh by the Red Arrows in over 20 years, and HMS Portland paid a visit to the city at Leith Docks. TRH The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay (The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in Scotland) attended the event, together with more than 100,000 members of the public.

Five bids made to the Ministry of Defence to host the 2014 national event, and all were assessed through careful selection against their applications. As the host city, Stirling will receive funding from the Ministry of Defence of 25,000.

If you are planning on showing your support and holding your own Armed Forces Day event next year, the MOD will release details in the new year as to how you can also apply for funding to help with your event.