To celebrate the start of Armed Forces Week, Calderdale Council is taking part in the Yorkshire Volunteers’ Armed Forces event on Saturday 23 June from 9am-5pm.
Local people are invited to show their support for our Armed Forces past and present at a special free event on Southgate in Halifax town centre.
The street will be filled with stalls, military vehicles, equipment, a medical tent and full field kitchen, plus much more. The whole family is welcome to attend and find out more about military life past and present.
Representatives from the Armed Forces will also be attending, and The Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Marcus Thompson, will officially open the event at 11am. Cllr Thompson said:
“I’m honoured to be attending the annual Armed Forces event in Halifax, to pay tribute to the bravery and commitment of Armed Forces personnel past and present. It’s a particular honour to be hosting celebrations this year, 100 years on from the end of the First World War.
“Everyone is welcome to come along to this special event and find out more about the important contribution of current members of the Armed Forces and veterans of all ages.”
In addition to the event, Calderdale Council will raise the Armed Forces Day Flag at Halifax Town Hall to mark the start of Armed Forces Week on Monday 25 June. A short ceremony will take place at Broad Street Plaza at 10.20am. Calderdale Council shows its support for Armed Forces personnel past and present, and their families, throughout the year as part of its Armed Forces Community Covenant. The Covenant provides advice, support and the opportunity for discounts on goods and services. Find out more on the Council’s Armed forces personnel web page.
Learn more about the local history of the Armed Forces at Bankfield Museum in Halifax, which hosts the informative and thought-provoking First World War ‘For King and Country’ exhibition. The exhibition has been running over the four years of the centenary of the war and will close on 22 December 2018.
Visit http://museums.calderdale.gov.uk/ for more information.