Celebrating Armed Forces Day

June 25th, 2021

What is Armed Forces Day?

Armed Forces Day (formerly Veterans’ Day) in the United Kingdom is an annual event celebrated in late June to commemorate the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces. Veterans’ Day was first observed in 2006. Although an official event, it is not a public holiday in the UK. The name was changed to Armed Forces Day in 2009. Armed Forces Day has so far been observed on the last Saturday of June.


The Armed Forces

The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.


A veteran is anyone who has served in the HM Armed Forces at any time (including National Servicemen, Regulars and Reserves). Armed Forces Day celebrates their continued role within the military community.


Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve.


The Cadet Forces (Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Cadets and the Combined Cadet Force) currently support over 130,000 young people in more than 3,000 locations across the UK. Cadets learn life and career building skills as well as gaining vocational qualifications.

Showing our support?

Just like last year, Mendip District Council will be celebrating the day virtually and will raise a flag at its Shepton Mallet head office on Armed Forces Day, Saturday 26 June. There are many ways for people, communities, and organisations across Mendip to show their support and celebrate the many men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from those currently serving, to Service families, veterans and cadets.

Some areas across the country Physical events are being held to mark this year’s Armed Forces Day.

The latest COVID-19 Government guidance for mass gatherings can be found on gov.uk: