A day of celebration will be held in Loughborough on Saturday 24th June to mark Armed Forces Day.
Loughborough Salutes the Armed Forces has been organised by Charnwood Borough Council and will see a number of military vehicles and equipment on display, face painting, and a host of activities in the town centre.
Visitors will be able to look around a number of stalls in the Market Place offering information, advice and support to serving personnel and veterans.
Chris Traill, Strategic Director of Neighbourhoods and Community Wellbeing at Charnwood Borough Council said: “We are proud to support our Armed Forces, veterans and their families and we hope people will come along and enjoy the day.
There will be something for everyone and we feel it is important to recognise the dedication and commitment shown by our military personnel.”
The military vehicles will be brought along by the 158 Regiment of The Royal Logistics Corps, and will be in the Market Place on the day. The regiment is part of the Army Reserve Transport Regiment which is based across the East of England and provides transport support for seven Regiment of The Royal Logistics Corps.
The stalls in the Market Place will represent a number of organisations including armed forces charity SSAFA, the Royal British Legion, the Defence Discount Scheme and the Defence National Rehabilitation Centre which is being constructed at Stanford Hall, just over the border in Nottinghamshire.
Charnwood Armed Forces Veterans’ Breakfast Club is also getting involved by serving tea and coffee alongside the stalls in Market Place in return for donations.
Charnwood Museum in Queen’s Park will also be open on the day and will be selling refreshments in its café.
Caroline Sharpe, the borough carillonneur, will be playing in Queen’s Park and Loughborough Endowed Schools will play a fanfare. The Mayor of Charnwood will also attend to say a few words about Charnwood’s support for the Armed Forces.
Loughborough Salutes the Armed Forces will take place between 10am and 3pm.
As part of the celebrations on the day, the Loughborough BID will sign an Armed Forces Corporate Covenant pledge which will reinforce their commitment to support the Armed Forces community, and to encourage other Loughborough businesses and organisations to do the same. Charnwood Borough Council signed the Community Covenant pledge in 2013.
For more information about the Council’s Armed Forces Covenant, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/armed_forces_covenant
On Monday 19th June at 10.00am, the Union Jack will be raised at Loughborough Town Hall to mark Armed Forces Day. The Mayor will attend and there will be a short service.