Countdown to National Armed Forces Day in Salisbury begins

National Armed Forces Day Launch 2019 in Salisbury Market Square with Jane Scott, Kier Prichard and British Army

Published by Ellie Harries at 11:43am 16th November 2018. (Updated at 12:04pm 16th November 2018)

Plans are now underway for the massive THREE day event in June 2019.

Today (16th November), members of the British Army and Wiltshire Council unveiled some of the plans for the weekend of 28th - 30th June 2019.

It's estimated around 250,000 people will be celebrating the day across Salisbury and the rest of the country.

The weekend is aimed at recognising our Armed Forces and the vital role they play in protecting us and Britain.

National Armed Forces Day Launch 2019 in Salisbury Market Square with Jane Scott, Kier Prichard and British Army
The National Armed Forces Day in Salisbury was launched by the British Army along with Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Police

WHAT PLANS ARE THERE FOR NATIONAL ARMED FORCES DAY IN SALISBURY 2019?

Baroness Jane Scott, Leader of Wiltshire Council, told Spire FM the plan for the weekend as well as a secret about the event...

There will also be;

  • Military parades
  • Fly pasts
  • Air show
  • Concerts
  • Live entertainment
  • Veterans' and cadets' day
  • Much more...

Colonel Andrew Dawes, the Commander for the South West Region of the British Army, hopes they'll have a special VIP guest as well.

SALISBURY THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR NATIONAL ARMED FORCES DAY

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

"Following the appalling chemical attack in March the decision to have Salisbury host Armed Forces Day 2019 was an easy one to make.

"I am certain the city will honour the troops who work tirelessly to protect us from the threats that we face at home and abroad. The people of Salisbury have shown extraordinary resilience in the face of great adversity caused by the Kremlin's extremely irresponsible actions. The hosting of this national event will reinforce that the city is very much open for business."

Sergei Skripal Collage with hazmat, bench and his home (Ellie Harries)

 

Salisbury, along with Amesbury, has had a tough time since the initial poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March 2018

The event will take place in Salisbury and on Hudsons Field between the 28th and 30th June 2019.

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