Armed Forces Day - when we recognise the sacrifices made by our armed forces and veterans - will be marked in St.Helens on Saturday 30 June.
All ex-service veterans and organisations in the borough are being invited to help mark the occasion at 12noon at the Cenotaph, Victoria Square.
The aim of the event is to boost public support and appreciation of all those who serve or have served. It provides an opportunity for the UK public to recognise the contribution made by the men and women of the armed forces. In return they know they are valued and enjoy the respect and support of both the government and the nation.
Proceedings get underway with a gathering of those taking part in the parade at the Hardshaw Street side of the Town Hall at 11.50am. Members of the armed forces, veterans and cadets, led by the Mayor Canon Councillor Geoffrey Almond, will then parade through Victoria Square at 11.50am to be in position at the Cenotaph for 12noon.
Following the service which lasts 30minutes many of the Armed Forces organisations within the Borough will be setting up stalls in Victora Square for a family friendly event to tell people what they do and how they can get involved. There will be activities taking place from 12:45 until 3pm with parade drills and music from choirs and brass band and will basically be a chance to celebrate the contribution they all make. At 3pm there will be a ride past by ex servicemen on motorbikes.
Civic dignitaries including the Mayor, Mayoress and leader will be in attendance.
Added by Armed Forces Day on June 12, 2012