Photo: Armed Forces Day flag, seen here raised over the Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence building in London on June 24.
A flag raising ceremony featuring a Guard of Honour from HMS Enterprise and The Royal Marines Band was held at the Guildhall in London on June 24, to mark the build up to Armed Forces Day. The event was attended by the Lord Mayor Locum Tenens; Admiral Tony Radakin, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff; Air Vice-Marshal Ian Gale, Assistant Chief of Air Staff; and Brigadier Andrew Wright, Deputy Commander, HQ London District, alongside school children and the public.
Personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force were joined on parade by Reserve squadrons as well as British Legion Standard Bearers. Armed Forces Day is being celebrated around the UK (and other locations) on Saturday June 29.
Lord Mayor Locum Tenens, talking to British Legion Standard Bearers on June 24.
Air Vice-Marshal Ian Gale, talking to members of the armed forces outside the Guildhall on June 24. (All images by A/Sgt Lee Goddard/Crown Copyright 2019)
Admiral Tony Radakin, giving his speech to members of the UK Armed Forces, outside London’s Guildhall.
Meanwhile, an Armed Forces Civil Service (CS) Reserves Breakfast was held in the gardens of 10 Downing Street on June 26 as part of the Armed Forces Reserves Day celebrations. Personnel from all three services were in attendance, along with VIPs Stuart Andrew, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, Min (DP), Sir Mark Sedwill, Cabinet Secretary (CS), and John Manzoni Chief Executive of the Civil Service (CEO). The event was an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution CS Reservists and their line managers make to the UK’s Defence capability. (A/Sgt Lee Goddard/Crown Copyright 2019)