armed-forces-dayFirst ever UK National Armed Forces Day 27 June 2009

Ah, what a shame, I am going to have to miss this one, because I now live too far away. The Royal Engineers Museum (of Her Majesty’s Men fame) posted an announcement that makes me very jealous of those who still live close, because it sounds like an excellent opportunity for research – and more. The museum announces:

This year 27 June, will be the first ever National Armed Forces Day and it is being celebrated here in Chatham! In support of this fantastic event, the Royal Engineers Museum will be hosting 24 Commando Engineer Regiment on the 20 & 21 June (Sat & Sun). They’ll be putting on all sorts of fantastic displays for the entire family and talking about their experiences in Afghanistan.

And special to the museum itself (an excellent military museum, probably my favourite, I posted about the Royal Engineers Museum a while ago) is the following offer:

But wait, there’s more! As a great big ‘Thank You’ to all the Armed Forces past and present, we’re offering FREE ADMISSION from the 20th to 27th June to all serving soldiers and veterans. Just bring some proof of your serving or veteran status and you’re in free to the Royal Engineers Museum!

If you live close, go and visit the first ever UK Armed Forces Day and let me know what it was like – and what I missed! And visit the museum, too, you won’t be disappointed (and say “hello” to Tom & Alex when you pass the more secluded areas close to the museum … 😉 )

Last, but certainly not least, this is the reasoning behind the National Armed Forces Day, and if you ask me, about time it is. What do we hear from Afghanistan, for example, other than about the dead soldiers? Do we hear about the maimed, the blind, the amputees, the broken? No, not really. Should the general public open their eyes? Yes, absolutely. Including those who are pondering to join up. You’ll find out soon it’s no game.

The first Armed Forces Day is 27 June 2009, and is an opportunity for the nation to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community

You can follow the Armed Forces Day on Twitter, too.

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