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Armed Forces Day 2020

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Saturday was Armed Forces Day, an annual day to show our support for all men and women in the Armed Forces community - something which is now more important than ever.

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the last Saturday of June each year, but celebrations initially began last Monday (22/6) with the Armed Forces flag being raised on buildings and landmarks across the country. The day helps to recognise those in the Forces, along with veterans, cadets, reservists and their families, and gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation for what they do and how they contribute to our society day in and day out.

As well as good wishes from people all over the UK, Her Majesty The Queen also expressed her thanks: "Today provides an opportunity for thanks, and a recognition of the dedication and risks faced by those serving our nation. We also have cause to thank veterans, who continue to contribute to our way of life, long after they leave the Armed Forces. As your Commander-in-Chief, I send my warmest best wishes to you all, your families and the entire Armed Forces community."

Unfortunately, previous planned celebrations were unable to go ahead due to the coronavirus outbreak, but that didn't stop people getting involved at home and on social media by using the hashtag, #SaluteOurForces. The Red Arrows were also out in force, performing a flypast across Scarborough to show their support.

To all who belong to the Armed Forces community, we are forever grateful for all that you have done and all that you continue to do.