Thousands expected to show support for Armed Forces Day

Edinburgh is gearing up for a packed day of events tomorrow [Saturday 29 June] in West Princes Street Gardens as Armed Forces Day celebrations kick-off around the country.

Celebrations will start from 1pm as the annual parade of veterans and cadets will move off from the Grassmarket along to the Ross Theatre in Princes Street Gardens.

A variety of different events will then be hosted in the gardens until 5pm. Highlights include a flypast by two Royal Air Force Typhoons, entertainment from acts such as the Porkpie Band and the Pipe Band of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada, as well as military vehicles and bouncy castles.

Music, events and displays will last throughout the day and round off at 5pm with the Ceremony of Beating Retreat.

Deputy Lord Provost, Councillor Deidre Brock, said: "Here in Edinburgh we’re looking forward to welcoming hundreds of veterans, their families and many others to Princes Street Gardens for an event that will celebrate these men and women's dedication to duty.

“This city has a long and proud tradition of supporting the Armed Forces. Our military service personnel and veterans deserve recognition and respect for the sacrifices they make day in and day out . Holding a day of celebration in their honour is just one of the ways the people of Edinburgh can thank them.”

Armed Forces Day is the annual, UK wide campaign that allows everyone to show their support for the men and women of the Armed Forces past and present, including currently serving troops, Service families, Reservists, veterans and cadets.

Similar events have been taking place across the UK, enabling people to come out and show their support, and giving a much-valued morale boost for Armed Forces personnel and their families. This year’s main UK event took place in Nottingham.

The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. Every day of the year they are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.

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