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Events4th June 2024

Celebrate Armed Forces Day 2024 at the Historic Dockyard

Celebrate Armed Forces Day 2024 at the Historic Dockyard

Armed Forces Day 2024 is set to be one of the best yet, with the event making a much-anticipated return to the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

With its history of Royal Navy shipbuilding stretching back to the mid-16th Century, the dockyard embodies Medway’s longstanding connection to the armed services. It is the perfect place to celebrate their work and dedication.

Medway’s 15th Armed Forces Day comes to the historic venue on Saturday, June 29, from 11 am to 5 pm, bringing colourful parades, live bands, and fun have-a-go activities, along with military displays and vehicles.

Other unique attractions include HMS Gannet and the RNLI historic lifeboat collection, along with the fascinating Air Raid and Royal Dockyard tours.

Designed to bring the public together with serving personnel, veterans and their families, the day will also include moments of reflection with a commemoration service and the iconic Beating Retreat finale.

Cllr Harinder Mahil, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Arts, Culture and Leisure, said: “Armed Forces Day is always a brilliant chance for the community to come together and celebrate those who have served for their country and those who continue to do so. Returning to the Historic Dockyard will make it an extra special day, which will be one to remember for everyone who comes down. We have a long historic connection to the armed forces, and we all want to acknowledge the importance of those links for families throughout Medway. Most importantly it will be a great fun-packed day, with something for everyone and all ages to enjoy.”

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