The 2017 National Event will be held in the heart of Liverpool on Saturday 24 June.
Liverpool has a rich military history and continued connections with the Armed Forces. Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:
We do scale, spectacle and storytelling better than any other UK city, and I am delighted that our reputation for staging events has once again received national recognition, and as a result we have been selected as the location to host this prestigious celebration.
This day gives us the chance to recognise the role of the Armed Forces and thank all those men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country.
Liverpool City Council will now develop its own plans and the event will be linked with the International Mersey River Festival – a celebration of the waterfront with family fun, music and entertainment – with linked activities taking place across the weekend of 24 and 25 June.
Earl Howe said:
Liverpool has long and deep links to the Armed Forces, particularly the Royal Navy, and is well-known for hosting spectacular celebrations; we’re delighted to select it for Armed Forces Day 2017, building on the success of this year’s celebration in Cleethorpes.
The city’s national event will be a fantastic focal point for the UK to come together to acknowledge the hard work and sacrifice of those that serve.
Veterans attending the 2017 National Event in Liverpool should read the 2017 National Event Guidance for Veterans. Veterans can apply to march at the 2017 National Event by completing and returning the National Event Parade Application Form using the instructions in the guidance.