This year’s major Armed Forces Day Celebrations will be held over a week starting on Saturday 20 June.
There will be many stands and displays full of information from various veteran’s agencies and charity organisations for visitors to learn about the important role they play and how to support them.
The festivities will kick off at 10am on Saturday 20 June with a historic military display on Weymouth Seafront followed by a ‘1940s comes to Portland’ event from 12pm to 4pm at Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland.
Cllr Jason Osborne, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Tourism and Culture Briefholder, said: “Weymouth and Portland is very proud to have the prestigious opportunity to stage one of the country’s leading annual veteran’s events.
“The borough and its residents embrace every aspect of the celebrations and looks forward to giving a warm and hospitable welcome to many thousands of veterans, armed forces personnel and their visiting family and friends.”
The highlight of this year’s Armed Forces Day Celebrations will be a seafront military parade with almost 2,000 proud marching veterans, several marching bands and 80 historic military vehicles on Sunday 21 June. This will be followed by an open-air service at the British Cenotaph on Weymouth Seafront.
The Band of HM Royal Marines, Plymouth will lead the Sunday parade, followed by the principal division the Royal British Legion.
Veterans have made and continue to make a major contribution to our nation. The Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces Day Celebrations is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the tireless work carried out by veterans and their associations.