Armed Forces Day - last Saturday in June
Since 2009, Armed Forces Day has been marked annually with events large and small throughout the UK. In support of this event, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is providing funding to help organisations and individuals in the UK host an Armed Forces Day event. Apply for funding:
Events could include Armed Forces Day tea parties, parades, big band concerts and civil war military re-enactments. Local councils, organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and indiviuals in the UK are eligible to apply for funding. The event should be held on or in the weeks around National Armed Forces Day.
#SaluteOurForces is a simple way for anyone to pay tribute to the British Armed Forces community for their hard work, dedication and efforts to keep us safe in the UK and across the globe. To join in, simply send us a photo or video of yourself or your friends and colleagues saluting!
Reserves Day - Wednesday before Armed Forces Day
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 counrty require them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military. Reserves Day was created to highlight and recognise the valuable contribution Reservists make to our Armed Forces. On Reservists Day, our Reservists wear their uniform in their civilian life.
Civic Events - Each year we host various events with participation and assistance from the Garrison and local veterans:
St George's Day Church Service, North Hill (joint hosting with the Garrison)
The Royal Birthday Gun Salute is fired in Castle Park every second weekend in June. This 21-gun salute is to mark the Queens's Official Birthday. Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony at the Town Hall.
11am Armistice Day and the two-minute silence on the steps of the Town Hall. Early morning Remembrance Day Ceremonyat the First and Second World War memorialss at Colchester Cemetary. Mid-morning Remebrance Day Parade in the High Street and 11am Remembrance Sunday Service at the War Memorial (nearest Sunday to 11 November).