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Armed Forces Day

Details of Armed Forces Day UK held on the 27 June with Veteran's Day to recognise and pay tribute to past and present service personnel

Armed Forces Day Armed Forces Day is held on the last Saturday of June each year on the same day as Veteran's Day in the United Kingdom. The first Armed Forces Day was held in 2009 whilst Veteran's Day has been held since 2006.

It was created so that the citizens of the UK could honour serving members and pay their respect to veterans who have served their country. It was initiated as a response to the 2008 report into the National Recognition of the Armed Forces after Royal Air Force airmen based in Peterborough felt unable to wear their uniform in public after abuse from members of the public about events in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Armed Forces Day 2015 will be celebrated on Saturday 27 June with the major national event at Guildford in England with other parades held locally.

Armed Forces Day UK

It was launched on the 22 January 2009 at Historic Dockyard Chatham by the Veterans Minister, Kevan Jones MP as a celebration of British Armed Forces past, present and future.

I have published a book which tells the story of The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital which reveals her origins in the QAIMNS and where she meets a QA veteran of Afghanistan. She still walks her wards and tells her story by taking Scott Grey, a QARANC nurse, to the battlefields of World War One and beyond. This is the first in the series of Grey and Scarlet Novels by CG Buswell. Read the first chapter for free.

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It gives the UK public an opportunity to support and recognise the outstanding contribution to the country that our Armed Forces make and to honour their personal sacrifices made to defend the UK. It is also an opportunity to celebrate past and continuing contributions made by the UK Armed Forces and Veterans.

COBSEO Confederation of British Service and Ex Service Organisations Throughout the UK communities celebrate both events in a variety of ways such as military displays, ceremonies, fetes or parades involving regulars reservists and Territorial members and of the Armed Forces of Army, Navy and RAF, Veterans and Cadet Forces. Many events have been organised by the Royal British Legion which includes the Veterans Day national event in Blackpool. Councils, ex Services organisations such as COBSEO: the Confederation of British Service and Ex-service Organisations, schools and communities will be holding their Armed Forces events.

Veterans Day

The strap line is Honouring Britain’s Armed Forces, past, present and future.

The first Armed Forces Day national event was held at Historic Dockyard Chatham on 27 June 2009.

More information about events held locally and nationally with photos can be found at the official website which includes details of how you can organise an event for your own village, city or town in the UK. Other information includes how to apply for funding,

Army Veterans

It is hoped that it will one day become as important a day in the calendar of UK families as Remembrance Sunday and become a thank you to past and present members of the Army Navy and Royal Air Force.

The Ministry of Defence recognised the importance of the day and allocated £400,000 towards the cost of the 2009 event.

Marching Band

Past and present members of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps will take part in events throughout the UK. Such QARANC events will be described soon. If you hold such a QA event and want it listed here then please contact me.

Read more about COBSEO: the Confederation of British Service and Ex-service Organisations at

World War Two American Ambulance

The photographs above and below were taken at Aberdeen Veterans Day Parade 2009 down Union Street.

American Jeep Second World War

Military Veterans On Jeep

Old Army Jeep

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Veteran Day Vehicle

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If you would like to contribute any info, photographs or share your memories then please contact me.

Forces War Records

Forces War Records are a genealogy site where you can find military records of over 6 million British Armed Forces personnel cross matched with over 4000 Regiments, Bases and Ships. This link includes a free search and a special discount of 40% off membership offer for visitors who use the discount code AF40 if they decide to become a member.
Search Now. A unique feature is their WW1 Soldiers Medical Records section.

If you would like to contribute to this page, suggest changes or inclusions to this website or would like to send me a photograph then please e-mail me.

Official QARANC webpage.

QA Association website.

In The Company of Nurses Book.


The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital Novel - a Book by CG Buswell

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