Never for­get the Armed Forces Day

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

ARMED Forces Day will be held on Satur­day, June 27 at the Ayles­bury Rugby Club.

We must never for­get the achieve­ments and sac­ri­fices made by ser­vice­men and women, their fam­i­lies and those vet­er­ans whose brav­ery has se­cured our free­dom in some of the most dan­ger­ous and chal­leng­ing con­di­tions.

The many events tak­ing place on Satur­day, June 27 – not just here at We­ston Turville or at the na­tional event at Guild­ford – demon­strate the en­thu­si­asm the Bri­tish public has shown for Armed Forces Day since it was in­tro­duced in 2009.

It is im­por­tant for us all to know that our Armed Forces are at the heart of na­tional life and that they en­joy the re­spect and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the peo­ple they serve.

This year’s event prom­ises to be bet­ter than ever. We have a fan­tas­tic air show, which is al­ways a high­light, and in­cludes fly­pasts by P51 Mus­tang, Spit­fire and Hur­ri­cane to name a few.

There will be some great mu­si­cal per­for­mances on the day from The Mem­phis Belles, The Army Air Corps Band and Ska­Souls UK. And not for­get­ting ac­tiv­i­ties for all the fam­ily in­clud­ing a WW1 Vil­lage, fun fair, hot air bal­loon and zip wire.

There are still plenty of volunteering op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able.

With­out the sup­port of vol­un­teers we sim­ply would not have an event. So if you have a few hours to spare, please sign up on our web­page www. buckscc.gov.uk/ armed forces vol­un­teers

We are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to car share wher­ever pos­si­ble due to the lim­ited num­ber of park­ing spa­ces avail­able at the venue.

Al­ter­na­tively, there will be a free Ar­riva shut­tle bus ser­vice from Ayles­bury Bus Sta­tion to the event. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, or to pur­chase tick­ets, please visit www. buckscc.gov.uk/armedforcesday.

So whether you choose to be a vol­un­teer, or sim­ply want to come and re­lax and en­joy the day with your friends and fam­ily, I urge lo­cal peo­ple to make a date to come to Armed Forces Day and en­joy what prom­ises to be a great day of pride and fun.

BILL CHAP­PLE OBE Chair­man of Buck­ing­hamshire

County Coun­cil

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