Every year, Armed Forces Week is an opportunity for the nation to appreciate and recognise the service and sacrifices undertaken by the armed forces around the world.
2018 is an especially significant one to the armed forces in Britain, marking both the centenary of the Royal Air Force, and a century since the end of the Fist World War.
The week is packed with national events and kicked off with a national flag raising on Monday, where organisations and establishments across the country raised the flag to start Armed Forces Week at famous landmarks around the country to show their support.
Reserves make up approximately one-sixth of our armed forces personnel and are vital and valued members of the United Kingdom’s Defence family, protecting the nation’s security at home and overseas.
Reservists are currently supporting operations worldwide Afghanistan, countering the threat of Daesh in Iraq, as well as global counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations and defence engagement tasks worldwide.
Reserves Day, on Wednesday 27 June, is an opportunity to recognise and appreciate their extraordinary contribution to the British armed forces. As Reservists dedicate their spare time to train and serve, most have civilian jobs – and will be wearing their uniform to work on Reserves’ Day.
If you’d like to raise awareness in your workplace to show support reservists and their contribution, a toolkit is available by clicking here. Find out more about reservists and Reserves Day by clicking here, and click here to follow #ReservesDay on Twitter to read and watch the extraordinary experiences and contributions of these otherwise ordinary people.
SSAFA Gala dinner
To continue the celebrations, a formal Gala Dinner will be held on Friday 29 June at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, and the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales is very pleased to be attending and sponsoring tables. SSAFA, the UK’s oldest national tri-service military charity, will be Conwy County Borough Council’s official charity partner for the event.
The Big Day: Armed Forces Day 2018
In 2017, over 300 Armed Forces Day celebrations were held across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Since its foundation 10 years ago, a different town or city has hosted a National Armed Forces Day event. RFCA for Wales will be joining tens of thousands of members of the public at this year’s National Event in Llandudno on Saturday 30 June 2018. Visit our stand in the military village to find out more information about the reserve and cadet forces in Wales.
Starting with a parade on the Promenade – comprising over 1,000 serving and ex-service personnel, veterans, reservists, and cadets – there will be a full programme of outstanding displays and activities from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, including the Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. A full programme of events can be found by clicking here.
North Wales has a strong regular and reserve military ties. It is home to RAF Valley, the national fast jet training hub for RAF Pilots, and a reported 10,000 veterans work and live in Conwy.
Don’t worry if you can’t make the National Event in Llandudno, there are plenty of local events being held in Wales to mark Armed Forces Week and lots of ways you can show your support and get involved. Click here to find out more.
RFCA for Wales will also be attending the Wales Air Show in Swansea, on Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1 2018. The free event will feature displays from the Red Arrows, Eurofighter Typhoon and Tigers Parachute Display Team. Find out more about the Wales Air Show by clicking here.