Saturday 30 June 2018

Armed Forces Day

17 June 2017

Armed Forces Day Celebrations

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Holyrood Park
Queen's Dr
Edinburgh EH8 8HG

We aim to provide a family friendly event, to encourage members of the public to actively engage in celebrating the work and efforts from the UK Armed Forces. Which will include a marquee serving afternoon tea while a ‘Glen Miller’ style band will play music of the wartime era, i.e. “Vera Lynne style” music along with other groups. There will be a food tent housing a Hog Roast, a ceilidh, a beer tent with real ales, free Spud & Spoon race for the kids with a free tattie run for the adults, bouncy castle, mobile assault course, various Military Vehicles and Displays, Pipe Bands, free face painting red white and blue and glitter tattoos, charity stalls, fair rides, arts & crafts area, toddle tent with storytelling, health and wellbeing area with free health checks, various excercise live music and an outside broadcast from BFBS. We will invite the general public to engage with our various Forces Association stalls including: Poppy Scotland, Legion Scotland, SSAFA, RAFA, Combat Stress, ABF, TA, SEA CADETS, ACF, CCF, ATC, Help For Heroes, Scottish War Blinded and the Scottish Veterans Residence.

We wish to invite groups from sheltered housing, schools, clubs and the general public to come along and celebrate the work and efforts of the Armed Forces and develop further awareness of the varying activities of the Armed Forces. We hope to do this by providing:
1. WW2 style marquee set – up with afternoon tea, dance floor and wartime music. We will work in collaboration with many charities and residential homes for the elderly to invite them to come along and enjoy themselves.
2. A fun Tattie Run competition between the various sections of the Armed Forces and the general public. (A race run with a sack of tatties to emulate the pack, certain military personnel has to take on their back.
3. Military vehicle display which the general public can have the opportunity to touch and feel the various controls within a safe manner.
4. Mobile Assault Course which will allow visitors to take part and appreciate the physical efforts our Armed Forces put themselves through.
5. Red, White and Blue face painting for the toddlers to remind them that we are strong as a United Kingdom.
6. Various displays on our outdoor stage.
7. A teddy bear picnic for the children, with story telling and craft making.
8. Poppy Scotland will show the public how to make poppies in their dedicated area.

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