29 June 2024

Armed Forces Day

Celebrate our Forces!


Sailor looks into camera and smiles.
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Today the nation will celebrate Armed Forces Day and reflect on the work of the UK Armed Forces and wider Armed Forces community. As we can’t celebrate in person, this year’s events will be marked virtually.

Throughout the day, the Armed Forces Day Facebook and Twitter channels will be showcasing everything from a Red Arrows flypast, behind the scenes tours of military kit, a unique chance to learn more about life aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth, musical performances and more!

To mark Armed Forces Day, Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said:

“The last year has been a busy one for our servicemen and servicewomen of the UK Armed Forces. Their professionalism, commitment and versatility have rarely been more evident than during the pandemic. 

“The Armed Forces community cannot celebrate in person this year, so we are doing our best to show you through social media who our people are, what they do, and how you can show your support.”


Royal Air Force Corporal stands in front of a fast jet saluting with his Service dog sitting beside him with an Armed Forces Day flag in the foreground.
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Show your support today by downloading and using our all-new Twitter and Facebook cover images, or even trying out our all-new video-conferencing background! All are available to download here: https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/get-involved/events-toolkits-resources/toolkits/

Here are just a few ideas for how to celebrate Armed Forces Day today:

  • Join us on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day for a programme of online events including interviews with military personnel, performances from military bands, exclusive behind the scenes access and more!
  • Host a virtual celebration with friends and family via video chat – from virtual BBQs or picnics with friends online or even an Armed Forces themed quiz! Remember to share your photos with us by using #ArmedForcesDay on your posts.
  • #SaluteOurForces is a simple way for anyone to pay tribute to the British Armed Forces community for their hard work, dedication and efforts to and keep us safe in the UK and across the globe. To join in, simply send us a photo or video of yourself or your friends and colleagues saluting! Find out how to submit your images here.
  • If you know someone in the Armed Forces community whether they’re currently serving or a veteran, you could send them a message or give them a call to show your support for the work they do.
Members of the Armed Forces playing the military band as part of an Armed Forces Day parade.
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