The City of Leeds Honours Servicemen and Women, past and present.
Armed Forces and Veterans Day will be celebrated on Sunday 27 June in the City Centre.
The day will start at 10.00 with a parade of soldiers, sailors, airmen, veterans, cadets and men and women of the Emergency Services. The Parade will start at the Merrion Centre and will pass the War Memorial at 10.30. The Lord Mayor will take the salute outside the Town Hall.
An Interfaith Service in Victoria Hall (in the Town Hall) will start at 11.00. This Service will celebrate the role of the Armed Forces in our community and give thanks for the personal sacrifices they have made to defend our country and contribute to international peace and security.
After the Service, visitors can enjoy entertainment provided by young people of Leeds in the Victoria Hall and a production of ‘Bluebirds’ by the Cosmopolitan Players. There will be stalls and traditional fairground activities for the young and young at heart!
Outside the Town Hall, wartime military vehicles will be displayed alongside a Fire Engine, a Police Squad Car and an RAF Climbing Tower. Other displays include a model of HMS Ark Royal and there will be the opportunity to join in with an RAF keep-fit demonstration.
A Second World War Douglas Dakota will fly past the Town Hall and other air displays will be confirmed in the weeks leading up to the event.
Victoria Gardens will play host to an Army Field Kitchen, a Jet Provist cockpit and a Flight Simulator. The Northern Region ATC Cadet Band, having played for the Parade earlier in the day, will perform again during the afternoon.
The celebrations will come to an end at 16.00 following a Beat the Retreat ceremony in the Victoria Hall.
Contact details:Name: Rachael Chappelow
Added by Armed Forces Day on April 16, 2010