Armed Forces Day: Northern Ireland

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans are in place for Regional Armed Forces' Day events in Northern Ireland in 2018.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Armed Forces Day events provide opportunities for the nation to show their support for the Armed Forces. These events are community-led and can come in many different forms, from the national event through to local events organised by councils, ex-service organisations, community groups and schools. These events can be followed on Twitter using #SaluteOurForces.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not directly support specific Armed Forces events; other than the national event which will be held in Llandudno, in North Wales, on Saturday 30 June 2018. We do invite local authorities and community organisations to consider hosting an event and to apply for funding from the MOD.

To date, in Northern Ireland, Coleraine has registered on the dedicated Armed Forces Day website that it will be holding an event including a Drum Head Service and parade. Registration opened at the end of November and, based on the very many successful events of previous years, we anticipate that over 200 events will be registered. As events are registered by their organisers, they will be published on the Armed Forces Day website: www.armedforcesday.org.uk.

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