Source: United Kingdom – Royal Air Force
Today marks the start of Armed Forces Week, a series of events, videos and articles celebrating the range of activities and people comprising Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. Beginning with an opening welcome by Her Majesty the Queen, the week will explore the work of our people at home and around the World and will close with Armed Forces Day on Saturday.
Monday looks at Global Armed Forces and the worldwide reach of the RAF, carrying out missions on behalf of our NATO allies, working and exercising with international partners, and delivering humanitarian aid across the Globe.
Tuesday will cover innovation, including how we are meeting our environmental obligations as we work to make every aspect of our activities greener and also how we have swiftly responded to the challenge of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Wednesday is Reserves Day and while many of us are now working from home, RAF Reservists are invited to wear their uniform at home or ‘work’. We look forward to sharing selfies from the home office or while video conferencing with colleagues! If you are participating then remember to tag us in your social posts and use the hashtag #SaluteOurForces.
There will also be a 30-minute update on Reserves Day, 24th June 2020, from 11:30am to 12:00pm on Zoom. As well as a thank you to all the supportive employers, this is an opportunity for you to ask questions and receive a real time update from the Royal Navy Reserve. The meeting will be open to all members of the Maritime Reserves and Employers. View the Reserves Day update for employers with the Commander of the Maritime Reserves.
Thursday is dedicated to Veterans and we will share content dedicated to ex-serving personnel who remain an important part of the wider Service family. Likewise, Friday will focus on the Cadets, many of whom will form the next generation RAF.
The week’s finale will be Armed Forces Day itself. In response to the pandemic many elements of the day that were to have been hosted in Scarborough will now take place as a virtual event that will shine a spotlight on local and national military veterans, and serving personnel, honouring their unstinting commitment, service and sacrifice. Visitors to the Scarborough Armed Forces Day website will be able to view military related videos and personal stories, enjoy images and personal recollections from previous Armed Forces Day events, and take part in themed children’s activities and competitions.
While celebrations and events have now become virtual, there are still plenty of ways you can show your support for the Reservists, Veterans, Service Families and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers within your organisations. Enjoy the week!