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.

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’ Day

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 26 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.

The Big Day: Armed Forces Day 2019

In 2018, 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.

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.

For all the Armed Forces Week updates and photos, don’t forget to follow RFCA for Wales on Twitter and Facebook, and join in celebrations online by following #SaluteOurForces.

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