Armed Forces Day 2017

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The countdown to this year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Day has begun, after the Armed Forces Day flag was presented to the city following a thrilling journey across Plymouth Sound to Stonehouse Barracks, involving a marine landing craft, zip wire and a weapons platform vehicle, in a wild ride to herald the date for the thrilling annual event – Saturday 24 June.
Today’s Armed Forces Day launch began with hero and former Royal Marine Mark Ormrod MPSA, who lost three limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan, joining Commanding Officer of 30 Cdo, Lt Col Nik Cavill MBE on board a marine landing craft.
They sailed across Plymouth Sound from the Barbican to Stonehouse Barracks carrying the Armed Forces flag, which was then taken to the top of the Eastern King Fort, along with the title sponsors Babcock’s flag, before being brought down a specifically made zip wire by commandos. 
The Armed Forces Day flag was then presented to the Lord Mayor in a dramatic climax which set the tone for the popular annual event. Joining the Lord Mayor was a delegation from title sponsors Babcock, the Tri-Services, Royal British Legion, Councillor Glenn Jordan, and representatives from the Cadets and Military Kids Club Heroes.

Pictured: A Royal Marine zips down a zip wire with the Armed Forces flag underneath.

Armed Forces Day 2017

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: Service personnel and their families, reservists, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, from attending an event to throwing a party or local event.


Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June.  This year, it will take place on Saturday 24 June. Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on Monday 19 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.


The National Event will be held in Liverpool and local events will be taking place across the country. You can search or add your local event here.


If you are holding an Armed Forces Day event, you you might be able to apply for funding support from the Ministry of Defence.

Applications for funding for events in 2017 are still open. For details on how to apply, first register your event on the Armed Forces Day website.

If you’re worried that you don’t yet have enough detail, don’t – your registration can always be updated by emailing with a link to your post; please don’t let a lack of detail prevent you from registering early!

Applications close on Sunday 30 April 2017.