Manchester will honour the outstanding contribution of the nation’s armed forces with a special day of activities and entertainment for the whole family.
The celebration will take over St Peter’s Square on Saturday 29 June – from 11am until 4pm – to thank current serving members of the armed forces as well as veterans of all ages.
A ceremonial march past will begin the day at 11.30am through St Peter’s Square and the cenotaph to the sounds of the Lancashire Artillery Band and Scots Guards pipe band, and both will continue to perform throughout the day.
Visitors will be given the opportunity to immerse themselves in military taster activities, including the chance to try authentic radio communications with the Military Veterans Museum UK.
And a service ready helicopter and tank will be on site for those who want to get a feel for field operations first hand.
Complementing the military bands, local musicians will serenade visitors with a special performance from ‘veterans’ sweetheart’, Sarah Dennis.
There will also be a multitude of family-friendly activities, including climbing wall and face-painting, as well as a range of food and drink.
Special offers will be available to anyone with a veteran’s badge or armed forces ID.
Central Library is open throughout the day and will be a timely opportunity to visit the fantastic archive material available about Manchester’s local military.
Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Abid Latif Chohan, said: “Being part of Armed Forces Day is a privilege, honouring the work, dedication and professionalism of our service men and women, along with our incredible veterans. It’s a great day out for all the family and a chance to show your appreciation for their service.”
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