Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh
Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh will kick off with a parade showcasing the high profile presence of the Armed Forces and veteran community in Edinburgh.
Marching from Johnston Terrace to Edinburgh City Chambers on the Royal Mile, members of the public are invited to attend in support of serving and veteran personnel and to enjoy a series of Military and charity displays and stalls.
Earlier this week (Monday 19 June), the Armed Forces Day flag was presented to the Lord Provost Frank Ross 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, Frank Ross, said: "This city has a long and proud tradition of supporting the Armed Forces and our veterans. Holding a day in their honour provides us with an opportunity to do all we can to thank them for all they do to keep us safe. This week’s flag-raising and the weekend events demonstrate Edinburgh’s support of serving troops and their families, our veterans and cadets. A special private reception for our veterans will be held in the City Chambers as the city’s thank you.”
Kevin Gray MM, CEO, Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland), said: “As Scotland’s largest ex-Service membership charity, providing essential wellbeing and befriending services to veterans whether they left service yesterday or 50 years ago, we know just how important Armed Forces Day is.
"By offering local communities a chance to not only show their support but find out more about life in the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, the day provides a real morale boost to everyone involved with the Armed Forces. It also helps reinforce the important role the Armed Forces community plays in our society.
"We’re delighted to be part of Edinburgh’s day and other similar events taking place throughout Scotland. I am sure the events will be a huge success."
Veterans Minister Keith Brown said: "Armed Forces Day is a chance for communities across Scotland to say thank you to our service personnel, veterans and their families for their service, commitment and courage. Veterans and their families are a significant asset to businesses and the recently set-up Strategic Group will focus efforts on boosting their career opportunities once they leave the armed forces. I am pleased that this group, chaired by Mark Bibbey of Poppyscotland, is getting to grips with this agenda and look forward to seeing it drive forward action in coming months."
UK Government Minister for Scotland, Dr Ian Duncan said: “It is an honour to represent the UK Government at Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh, as the whole country salutes the dedication, service and sacrifice of our armed forces. We thank all those keeping our country safe."
Join us and show your support.
Saturday 24 June 2017
10.30am - Charity stalls open in the Quadrangle outside the City Chambers on the High Street.
11.00am - Standard Bearers, a marching contingent and Pipe Band will muster at Johnston Terrace.
11.30am - See the parade step off from Johnston terrace, enter the Royal Mile and continue over George IV Bridge, to the Lawnmarket and High Street coming to a halt at the Stone of Remembrance in front of the Edinburgh City Chambers.
11.45am - Parade arrives at City Chambers Quadrangle, before the Lord Provost hosts a private reception with invited guests only in the City Chambers to show support for veterans.
3.00pm - Charity stalls close.