Wiltshire to host National Armed Forces Day celebration in 2019


The 2019 National Armed Forces weekend will take place in Wiltshire, officials have said. The celebration which will last for three days will be held between June 28 to 30, in Salisbury. The event will host at least 250,000 celebrants and will recognize the efforts and achievements of the Armed Forces including the veterans.

The special event will also receive troops returning from Germany to Wiltshire. Activities for the event include military parades, concerts, fly pasts and an air show, trade stands and exhibitors, live entertainment as well as military and other displays. There will be a veterans’ and cadets’ day including service remembrance.

According to Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, “Following the appalling chemical attack in March the decision to have Salisbury host Armed Forces Day 2019 was an easy one to make.

“I am certain the city will honour the troops who work tirelessly to protect us from the threats that we face at home and abroad.

“The people of Salisbury have shown extraordinary resilience in the face of great adversity caused by the Kremlin’s extremely irresponsible actions. The hosting of this national event will reinforce that the city is very much open for business.”

According to council leader Jane Scott, “Wiltshire is the beating heart of the Armed Forces and we are extremely proud of our long association with the military.

“We are absolutely delighted that Wiltshire has been selected to host Armed Forces Day National Event 2019 next year.

“Just how much we need and owe to our Armed Forces was brought home this year – this extraordinary year – following the terrible and unprecedented incidents in Salisbury and Amesbury.

“The Armed Forces Day National Event is a unique opportunity to recognise and pay tribute to the specialist military teams, the emergency services and the other organisations that managed the incident and the subsequent clean-up that has helped south Wiltshire to return to normal.

“Our plans for the Armed Forces Day National Event will showcase to the nation and further afield that we truly honour our military personnel.”


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