Armed Forces Day Manchester

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Thousands of people gathered around Manchester today to honour war heroes past and present.

A crowd of young and old came together in the city centre to celebrate Armed Forces Day and honour veterans of conflicts past and serving soldiers.

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Service personnel, cadets and their families attended the St Peter’s Square event, which is held every year to recognise the contribution of the armed forces throughout the ages.

During the day there was a light gun display, military vehicles were on show and attendees got the chance to have a look at the cockpit of an RAF BAC Jet Provost.

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Stalls helped raise money for charities supporting soldiers, and in a moving tribute a static parade took place around the square.

Also in attendance was Coun Paul Murphy, Lord Mayor of Manchester. He said: “Today is a chance to show our gratitude and respect to all members of the armed forces, both past and present, and it is right and proper that we do so.

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“These people have and are protecting our island and dedicating their time to serving the country, and so it is important that we pay them our respect and honour them.

“It has been a great event this year and the weather has been better and there’s a bigger turn out than last year.”

This year was the first time the celebrations have been held in sight of the cenotaph in the square.

Coun Murphy added: “It is a first for Manchester which yet again is leading the way.”

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Also celebrating the event was Denise Mellor, from Saddleworth, who served in Singapore, Malaya and London as an army nurse.

Denise, who was volunteering during the day selling Help for Heroes merchandise to raise money for the charity, said: “Everyone has showed such great dignity and respect to the personnel here and around the world that have served and are serving in the armed forces.

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“I have a son who is in the navy and my brother served in the RAF so I understand the importance of days like this all too well.

“People are so generous though and are always happy to give up their time and money to help. “

Other events were also held across the region, with Armed Forces Day celebrated in Salford’s Winton Park in Eccles, as well as Stockport, Bolton and Wigan.

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Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, 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 or joining us online to throwing a party or local event.


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


Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families. You can find out more about what they are doing at home and around the world by visiting the official sites of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.

The public show their support for the Armed Forces on Armed Forces Day, but did you know the Armed Forces Covenant outlines how the Government, businesses and communities support Armed Forces personnel past and present throughout the year? Find out more here.


The Armed Forces

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


A veteran is anyone who has served in the HM Armed Forces at any time (including National Servicemen, Regulars and Reserves). Armed Forces Day celebrates their continued role within the military community.

You can find out more information about support for Veterans on the Veterans-UK website or by calling Veterans UK on 0808 1914 218.


Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve.

An annual Reserves Day celebrates their contribution to the Armed Forces and this year takes place on Wednesday 24 June.


The Cadet Forces (Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Cadets and the Combined Cadet Force) currently support over 130,000 young people in more than 3,000 locations across the UK. Cadets learn life and career building skills as well as gaining vocational qualifications..


Our Armed Forces couldn’t do their job without the incredible support of their family and friends.


Although Armed Forces Day is not a charitable event, the Armed Forces have the support of several UK charities and many local events will offer opportunities to support them. To find out more about Armed Forces charities please see here.









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