Nottingham will host the fifth Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June at the Victoria Embankment.
The annual event celebrates the work and outstanding contribution made to this country by the men and women of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force– including veterans and the growing role of Reservists from all three Services.
Nottinghamshire, which has a significant military presence including Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell, HMS Sherwood in Beechdale and seven TA centres, as well as Royal Auxiliary Air Force across the county, has already shown the strength of its support with the joint signing of a Community Covenant.
Through the signing, both Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils have pledged practical help for their military communities. The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its Armed Forces community, which in Nottinghamshire numbers in excess of 2,000 Service personnel and their families.
"very public commitment"
Councillor Carol Pepper, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council said: “The County Council and communities throughout Nottinghamshire already enjoy close links with the armed forces and I am thrilled that we are making this very public commitment to strengthen that relationship.
“The County Council comes into daily contact with both serving members of the armed forces and veterans. Whether it’s organising school places for forces children and help to integrate into the local community, providing support to our employees who are reservists, or marking local and national events to acknowledge the contribution of our forces – we are committed to providing all the help we can to our forces and their families.”
Councillor Merlita Bryan, Sheriff of Nottingham, added: "Nottingham boasts a proud military heritage and the signing of this covenant will serve to ensure we do all we can to support the Armed Forces and their families.
"It is also significant that Nottingham has been chosen to host this year’s Armed Forces Day and will be taking the national lead in recognising and saying thank you for the huge contribution and sacrifices made by our Service personnel past, present and future."
A programme of events and activities is being planned for Armed Forces Day 2013, which includes a spectacular parade of personnel, military bands and veterans and a special Drumhead service.