Saturday 30 June 2012

UK Armed Forces Day

Today is Armed Forces Day in the UK. It was started in 2006 and was initially called Veterans Day. Like the American Holiday of the same name it was designed to provide an annual opportunity to honour not only Veterans but also currently serving military personnel. However unlike its American equivalent it isn't a national holiday in the UK.

To quote from the website: 
"It's an opportunity to do two things. Firstly, to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces, Secondly, it gives the nation an opportunity to Show Your Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets."
Well I'd like to add my voice to that support. Thanks to my hobby I have had the privileged opportunity to meet many veterans, old and new. I also have a few friends in the services who have spent time in Afghanistan. Although none are on overseas operations at present who know where they may find themselves in the next six months or year. So to you all, young and old, I would like say thank you for your bravery and your service. 


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