Armed Forces Day 2015
The Grassmarket will welcome a parade of serving personnel, veterans and their supporters this weekend (Saturday 27 June) as Edinburgh marks Armed Forces Day.
Celebrations for the Waterloo parade will begin with a salute at 10:25am from HRH The Duke of Kent on the Royal Mile.
At 11:30am, a spectacular Armed Forces Day parade of up to 500 serving personnel and veterans will march from Johnston Terrace via Candlemaker Row to the Grassmarket, culminating in an afternoon of live music and dance right up until 3:00pm.
Highlights include a welcome from Edinburgh’s Veterans Champion, Lord Provost Donald Wilson, and a flashback to the forties with retro dance troupe The Kennedy Cupcakes, ska music from the Pork Pie Band, and a traditional Scots military band.
Earlier this week (Monday 22 June), the Armed Forces Day flag was presented to the Deputy Lord Provost Councillor Steve Cardownie and raised above the City Chambers to honour Armed Forces personnel past, present and future. The flag will remain in place until after the weekend.
Edinburgh's Lord Provost and Veterans Champion, Donald Wilson, said: “This city has a long and proud tradition of supporting the Armed Forces and our veterans. Holding a day in their honour provides a great morale boost for the troops and their families and the parade and live entertainment is the city's way of saying thank you.
"This year’s celebrations promise a great day out and the perfect opportunity for Edinburgh residents to show their support of serving troops, service families, veterans and cadets.”
Kevin Gray MM, Chief Executive Officer at Legion Scotland, said: "Legion Scotland is proud to once again play a major part in the Edinburgh Armed Forces Day parade to honour Armed Forces personnel and show our thanks and support for our veterans. It is so important to come together and spend a little time to show our gratitude and respect to the members of our Armed Forces and veterans who have made enormous sacrifices to help protect our freedom.
“We hope that serving personnel, veterans, families the Edinburgh community and visitors to the City will stand together and join us on the day in showing our heartfelt thanks to all those who protect us."
Colonel Martin Gibson, Executive Chairman of Veterans Scotland, said: “The City of Edinburgh has been a garrison town for many centuries and has a long tradition of military involvement, so it is very fitting that the contribution of those serving in the Navy, Army and Air Force is being marked in this way. The City, along with its partners, is a leader in honouring the Military Covenant which commits councils to ensure that both the serving and their families and our veterans are not disadvantaged by their service.
"Service personnel offer highly desirable transferable employment skills, which have been recognised by hundreds of employers in Edinburgh and the Lothians; this is good news. The veterans’ community is very grateful to the City for once again holding this event in the heart of the Old Town.”
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.
Find directions and event information at the Legion Scotland website.