Thousands expected at Great Lines Heritage Park later this month for Armed Forces Day
PUBLISHED: 13:01 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:01 06 June 2017
Medway Council is hosting the family-friendly event on Saturday, June 24
Thousands of people are expected to gather at Great Lines Heritage Park in Medway later this month to pay tribute to the work of the armed forces.
Medway Council, in conjunction with the Royal School of Military Engineering, is hosting Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 24 - a free event celebrating the work of serving men and women, and honouring veterans who have served to protect the country.
The fun, family-friendly event is being held from 11am to 5pm, and there will be plenty of have-a-go activities, including driving a digger.
The armed forces celebrations start with a parade across the Great Lines at 12.30pm, led by the City of Rochester Pipe Band and involving hundreds of cadets, veterans and serving military personnel.
There will be a Camp Bastion Afghanistan display, as well as a naval forces display area and a Royal Engineer trades village.
Visitors will also be able to look at historic military vehicles and watch helicopters fly-in.
Live music will be provided by a variety of bands and a military choir throughout the day, including performances by the Swingtime Sweethearts, Brompton Military Wives Choir and the BAE Systems Band.
Howard Doe, portfolio holder for community services at Medway Council, said: “Armed Forces Day is an enjoyable event for everyone, whether or not you have links to the military.
“There will be dozens of exciting displays by serving men and women, cadets and veterans, as well as activities for children to try.
“There is a strong armed forces community in Medway and we will continue to raise awareness of and support their work.”
BAE Systems are sponsors of the event, and its site executive lead in Rochester, Sallyann Mclean, said: “As an organisation with a defence heritage, we’re incredibly proud to support and celebrate the men and women who make up our Armed Forces community, it’s an honour to be involved in the Medway Armed Forces Day event again this year.
“At BAE Systems we’re committed to working together with local communities to support service members, past and present, as well as their families.”