Beverley — 4 July 2021
Beverley Armed Forces Day 2021
Beverley Armed Forces Day 2021 will recognise the contribution made from across the armed forces and thank them for their services and sacrifices. There will be a particular focus on the 75th anniversary of VE and VJ day that we were unable to commemorate last year due to the cancellation owing to Covid-19. Starting with a drumhead service in the town’s main square members from the Navy, Army and Air Force as well as Cadets and Veterans will parade through the town centre. There will be military displays including photographs and personnel recounting their involvement. These displays will cover campaigns in the World War One, World War 2 (Europe, Africa and Far East) and more recently, the Falklands, Afghanistan and UN deployments. Military equipment such as Land Rovers and a SVR Recovery Truck will be on display. Subject to technical works and weather conditions, we are trying to arrange for a fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Fight’s Lancaster. Cadets from each Service will have a stand and will profile the training opportunities they offer. Various military charities and veterans’ groups including SSAFA, The British Legion, CESA and the NGVA will be present to explain how they support active and veteran armed forces members and their families in the local community. Reservists will have a stand to explain how they function, combining military and civilian life and highlighting the important support provided by local employers. Marching and brass bands as well as exhibitions of WWII dancing and songs will provide live music to ensure that the day is an uplifting and enjoyable experience for all visitors. The event will be supported by the Defence School of Transport which is based on the outskirts of the town and it is hoped they will also display information on their support given to civilian communities during the pandemic.