Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day will take place on 27 June 2020 and is a way for us to show our support to the Armed Forces family. For more than a decade here in Leicester and Leicestershire, we have celebrated Armed Forces Day with a service at Leicester Cathedral and a parade of service personnel, veterans and cadets through the city centre - this year will be showing our support digitally!

Further information

The importance of Armed Forces Day

The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mike Kapur, and Group Captain Jo Lincoln, Station Commander at RAF Wittering, share the importance of Armed Forces Day and offer thanks to people for their support in the following videos:

Leicester’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Vi Dempster, is especially proud of the armed forces, as both her parents served in the Second World War in the Royal Navy and the WRAF.

Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Vi Dempster

Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Vi Dempster

“It’s a great pity that we cannot honour our Armed Forces in our usual way, but it is encouraging to see, during these difficult times, that we can still come together to show our support. The men and women of the armed forces do incredible work and we will always remain in their debt for the service and sacrifices they make for us."

Armed Forces Day flag raising

We traditionally hoist the Armed Forces Day flag at locations across the city and county on the Monday preceding Armed Forces Day. This is a time to announce the start of a week dedicated to honouring our Armed Forces and is an opportunity to show our support at a simple flag raising ceremony.

Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Annette Byrne said: "As a result of the current circumstances, I am unable to take part in our usual flag raising ceremony, but am delighted that our Armed Forces Flag will be flying from Monday 22 June 2020 at the Town Hall to mark the start of Armed Forces Week. This is an important opportunity to show our support to all the men and women who serve their country to keep us safe."

Get involved and show your support


Download, print and display the Armed Forces Day flag!

Download, print and display the Armed Forces Day flag!

Whilst our offices will be flying the Armed Forces Day flag, everyone can show their support by printing our A4 poster and displaying it in their window, either at home or at work. And if you have a flagpole and wish to fly your own flag, the AFD flag is available to purchase online.
Download flag (PDF)

Salute our forces

You can also pay tribute to the British Armed Forces community for their hard work, dedication and efforts to keep us safe in the UK and across the globe. At this current time, we also remember our many veterans who are resident in care homes - let us show that they are not forgotten.

To join in, simply take a photo or video of yourself or your friends, family and colleagues saluting and submit them as follows:

Images will be posted on our Salute our forces Flickr gallery

The video clips below show the differences in military salutes but your salute doesn’t need to be precise, just take this opportunity to show your support.

Do you know about the different types of salutes?

When serving personnel salute an officer, they are acknowledging Her Majesty the Queen as Head of State and saluting the rank the officer holds (the Queen's commission) rather than the individual themselves. When an officer returns a salute, it is done so on behalf of the Queen.

The technique for saluting in the Navy, Army and RAF varies – to find out more, see the demonstrations in the short video clips below:

Reserves Day

As part of Armed Forces Week, we also celebrate Reserves Day, which this year falls on Wednesday 24 June. 

Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career, to ensure that should their country need them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military.

The Reserve Forces make up approximately one sixth of our Armed Forces, but their contribution often goes unrecognised. Reserves Day is our opportunity to highlight and acknowledge the valuable contribution they make to our Armed Forces.

Highlights from previous years

We hope to bring back our Armed Forces Day service and parade next year, but you can relive the 2019 parade by watching video footage posted by Leicester Media:

Armed Forces Covenant

We are signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant, which aims to remove disadvantages and guarantee fair access to services for the armed forces community, past and present.  For more information, see our Armed Forces Covenant webpage