Himley — 25 June–25 April 2017
Armed Forces Day
- Himley Hall & Park
Dudley DY3 4DF
Our annual family event will be held at Himley Hall on Sunday 25th June to celebrate Britain’s Armed Forces, past, present and future.
As in previous years, we will continue:
• To support the Armed Forces Day key messages.
• To honour the contribution of all those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces.
• To ensure that existing members of the armed forces and veterans feel the respect and support they deserve from the nation.
• To increase public knowledge of the real work undertaken by the armed forces
• To encourage younger generations to integrate and understand the role of armed forces
The format of the event will be based on previous years. Various elements including stands by local reserve units and cadet forces, a historic military vehicle exhibition, children’s entertainment, community, charity and Armed Forces related stands and civil war re-enactors will be spread out across the entire park throughout the whole day from 11am to 5pm.
The Halesowen Marching Band will host their annual marching band competition during the morning, in the event’s main arena. Youth marching bands from across the UK are invited to compete. We feel that this input by the youth marching bands is an extremely important element and demonstrates the inclusion of young people at our event
The competitors of the National Youth Marching Band competition will participate once again in our event finale, the ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony featuring the RAF Cosford Voluntary Band, veterans and representatives from a variety of uniformed organisations.
In the afternoon, the event’s main arena will host a HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge presentation, marching display by the RAF Cosford Voluntary Band, continuity drill by a local branch of the ATC, skirmish by civil war re-enactors, a Land Girls Victor show and the spectacular Beating Retreat. We are also delighted to have confirmed a Battle of Britain War Memorial spitfire flypast. Time to be confirmed.
The event will be open to the public and will remain free of charge. We will invite the public to bring along a picnic basket and rugs to enjoy the entertainment and celebrate the day.
Veterans will be invited via a promotional campaign and through our contacts with service organisations. Council directorates and partners will display appropriate information leaflets about their services to assist veterans of all ages.
As in previous years we will ask a number of ex-service personnel who are prominent members of the Dudley community to participate. We will also invite members of Dudley Council staff who are ex-services to participate. The council employs around 13,000 staff (including school staff) and does have a number of ex-service personnel working for the authority. The aim of this is to demonstrate that the skills and abilities gained in service can be transferable to the wider community.
The event will also include outdoor activities such as archery, a climbing wall, an assault course, vintage fair and crafts, military vehicles and a variety of stalls.