Celebrating Armed Forces Day in Honiton

ON Monday, June 21, hundreds of communities across the UK will simultaneously raise the Armed Forces Day flag, to show their support for our Armed Forces community, and to kick off a week of events and celebrations.

ENTHUSIASM and interest in the Honiton Armed Forces Day is growing daily.

There are a few slots left in the rota for the overnight vigil but everyone is still very welcome to join in at any time - it could be to pay a personal homage or a joint tribute to honour past or present members of all the Armed Forces, for a friend, a family member or just to say thank you for all of the many services provided by our forces.

Show your support - become involved - sign up at the Museum and choose your time slot.

Specially commisssioned Honiton Armed Forces Day button badges and a certificate will be presented to every participant who will then be invited to sign the ‘roll of honour’ and have their photograph taken with a specially commisioned Honiton Armed Forces Day Baton.

Honiton Town Band will begin the event by playing outside St Pauls Church at 6pm. The Town Mayor, Peter Fleming, will make a short speech at 6pm and then he will take the first time slot on the overnight vigil accompanied by members of a forces family.

During the morning (8am) of Saturday, June 26 a WW1 vehicle, a WW2 jeep and a modern Supacat will arrive beside the war memorial.

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The end of the vigil, at 12.30pm, will be signalled by a maroon and and bugler. There will be a short speech by the Vice Lord Lieutenant followed by the tribute march at 12.40pm. The Queens representative will take the salute.

A service will take place in St Pauls Church at 1pm and around 2pm (weather permitting) there will be a fly past.