Exeter — 1–7 July 2016
19240 Shrouds of the Somme & Exeter’s Armed Forces Day
- Northernhay Gate,
During the First World War Centenary, we intend to deliver a powerful piece of community art, commissioned from one single artist, to promote remembrance and raise money for military charities. On 1st July 2016, we will remember all allied 19240 brave souls who lost their lives on the first day of the battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916. They fell as one and for the first time we will bring them together to remember them as individuals. From the 1 July to the 7 July there will be a calendar of events taking place throughout the City
As in previous years, Exeter City Council will be marking Armed Forces Day with a parade through the High Street. Historically Exeter celebrates Armed Forces Day the Saturday before the Official National Event but in 2016, we will be supporting the piece of community art by having the parade take place on the 2 July 2016.
We envision over 2000 marching through the City with The 6th Rifles exercising their Freedom of the City. The 6th Rifles will be accompanied by all affiliated Military Contingents who have been granted Freedom of the City of Exeter, as well as military associations and the cadet forces.
All money raised will be split between the 19240 Shrouds of the Somme Project, the Exeter Foundation and SSAFA.