This is how Liverpool will mark Armed Forces Day

A special service will be held this week to mark Armed Forces Day.

On Saturday June 25, the annual Town Service, for guests, will take place at Liverpool Parish Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas, followed by a parade to the Royal Albert Dock.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the parade involving the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Band, Veterans and Cadets will leave the church at 11:15 a.m. and end at 11:45 a.m.

A rolling roadblock will be in place as the parade descends Chapel Street and then along The Strand towards the Royal Albert Dock.

Anyone wishing to attend the parade is reminded that trains will not run on Saturdays. However, Free bus trips are also offered to past and present members of the Armed Forces and Cadets by Arriva the same day. Upon boarding the bus, those wishing to take advantage of the offer must show the driver their ID card, armed forces veteran ID card or MOD-issued veteran badge.

The service marks the end of Armed Forces Week which begins today, Monday June 20, with the Armed Forces Week Flag flying from Liverpool Town Hall.

The flag was hoisted by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Roy Gladden, who is also the city’s Armed Forces Champion, and Lt Col Angus Precious Royal Marines, Commander Royal Marine Reserve Merseyside.

The raising of the flag followed a civic reception with senior representatives from the Armed Forces, Merchant Navy and the Royal British Legion.

During the week, reservists, veterans and those who volunteer with cadets who are on staff at Liverpool City Council were invited to a civic reception at City Hall with the Lord Mayor.

City Hall, St George’s Hall and the Cunard Building will also be lit in red, white and blue on Saturday.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Roy Gladden, said:

“It is always a special date in the civic calendar to thank members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Navy – to those serving now, to those who have served, and to all Reservists who generously give of their time.

“This year we especially remember all those who served in the Falklands War as we celebrate the 40ebirthday in 2022.

“Our city has always had a strong military connection and it is a great honor to celebrate them and thank them for all they have done and all they continue to do for our country.”

Lieutenant Colonel Angus Precious RM, Commanding Officer Royal Marines Reserve Merseyside, said:

“It is an honor to be asked to raise the flag for Armed Forces Day alongside the Lord Mayor.

“The Army has an extensive presence in Liverpool and across the region, both in our military and veteran community, and Armed Forces Week is a great opportunity to recognize the incredible support we receive.”


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Calvin W. Soper