ARMED FORCES DAY Saturday 25 June 2016


To join in, simply send us a photo or video of yourself or your friends and colleagues saluting!

You can submit your images in several ways:


  • Saluting like Service Personnel

    If you want to make sure you get it right, we’ve made some short videos to show you how the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force salute – so you can take your pick!

    The Royal Navy salutes with hand facing down:

    But the British Army and Royal Air Force salute with palms out:

    Which method will you choose when you send your image in to #SaluteOurForces?

    Armed Forces Day: Events take place across UK

    Flag-raising ceremony for Armed Forces DayImage copyrightPA
    Image captionA flag-raising ceremony was held at City Hall in London this week at the start of celebrations for Armed Forces Day

    Tributes are set to be paid to service personnel at hundreds of events being held around the UK on Armed Forces Day.

    A display from the Red Arrows will be among events at the main celebration at Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire.

    There will also be demonstrations from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and parachute display teams from the Royal Navy, Army and RAF.

    Earlier this week, a flag-raising ceremony was held at City Hall, in London, to mark this year’s events.

    Follow live updates of Armed Forces Day events

    Alex Baxter, armed forces champion for North East Lincolnshire, said: “Hosting Armed Forces Day will give our residents and others in the region an unparalleled opportunity to show their support and appreciation for serving and former armed forces personnel.”

    The main celebration will also include a display of military vehicles, including the Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessel HMS Blyth, the AS90 artillery tank and the Warrior and Terrier armoured vehicles.

    Sadiq Khan at the flag-raising eventImage copyrightPA
    Image captionLondon mayor Sadiq Khan attended the flag-raising ceremony

    Manchester’s Armed Forces Day will take place on Saturday 25 June in St Peter’s Square.

    Activities will run from 11am to 4pm and include:

    • Veterans’ Static Parade of Standards
    • A military band playing throughout the afternoon
    • Military display of vehicles, including a Jet Provost cockpit and information stalls
    • Family-friendly activities, including a climbing wall and face-painting
    • Delicious food and drink.

    Central Library will be open throughout the event, so why not pop in and see the fantastic archive of local military material.

    Once again there will be special offers available for Armed Forces personnel and veterans, upon showing a Veteran’s Badge or Armed Forces ID card.

    Please save the date in your diary, as Manchester wants to say ‘thank you’ and honour the outstanding contribution made by current members of the Armed Forces and veterans of all ages.

    Come and enjoy a great day out for all the family in the heart of our city.

    Free travel on the day on Metrolink trams, and on Arriva, Stagecoach, First and Transdev buses in Greater Manchester.

    Available on production of your Armed Forces ID card, or Veterans Badge and a photo ID.

    Metrolink bosses to give armed forces FREE tram travel for life

    The network is traditionally free to servicemen and women on Armed Forces Day – but now the scheme has been extended


    Armed Forces Day in Manchester city centre

    Servicemen and women will ride free on Metrolink on Armed Forces Day… and forever after.

    Timed to mark Armed Forces Day celebrations on Saturday, Metrolink will offer free travel to any in-uniform service personnel or reservist if they present their military pass.

    Metrolink has traditionally offered free travel to service people on Armed Forces Day.

    But the bosses will go one step further from June 25 – with free travel for servicemen and women every single day forever.

    Metrolink – which has had a tram named ‘Lancashire Fusiliers’ in its fleet since 2006 and supports the British Legion’s poppy appeal – has joined a national scheme which recognises the military’s contribution to the country.

    On Armed Forces Day itself, the free travel offer includes veterans, who should show their Veteran’s badge and ID card.

    Coun Andrew Fender, chairman of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “There are a number of poignant military anniversaries this year, all of which underline the debt the nation has to our Armed Forces, so it was right that Metrolink should join other transport bodies in offering this small token of our appreciation.”

    Dr Jon Lamonte, TfGM Chief Executive, a former Air Vice-Marshal in the Royal Air Force, said: “We are always proud to support our Armed Forces and I’m personally delighted that we are able to show this by putting our name to a national agreement which commits us to showing that in a comprehensive way.

    “This covenant pledges us to a range of actions we will take to demonstrate how we will be a Forces-friendly organisation. I hope our example will be followed by other transport providers too.”

    He added: “Taking the tram is an ideal way for anyone, not just our servicemen and women and veterans, to enjoy the planned city centre events for Armed Forces Day.”

    Armed Forces Day events for Greater Manchester will be taking place in St Peter’s Square, where Metrolink’s new stop is expected to open later this summer.

    Organised by Manchester council, the free events take place between 11am and 4pm.

    First Manchester will also offer free bus journeys for servicemen and women on Armed Forces Day to help them travel to events.

    To get free travel, you must be in uniform or show an identification card. The offer is also open to members of the cadet forces in uniform and veterans who display valid identification such as the MOD issued Veteran’s Badge.

    Adrian Worsfold, director of operations for First Manchester said,”We’re proud to support Armed Forces Day which is a very special occasion for many people who want to remember family, friends and others who have been lost in military service.

    “As a committed supporter of the communities we serve, we want to make it as easy as possible for people to attend local events with this special offer on Saturday.”


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