A programme of festivities is being prepared to celebrate 2018’s Armed Forces Day around Liverpool later this month.
A parade is among the events to mark the 30 June occasion, which provides an opportunity to support armed forces troops and their families.
A formal ceremony will get underway at 11am in Exchange Flags on the day and then, led by the pipes and drums of the Royal Artillery 103 Regiment, the parade will make its way to The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool where the a programme of events and activities will take place.
From 10am until 4pm at the waterfront leisure destination, local entertainment and field hospital displays will be among the attractions.
Meanwhile a ‘Tree of Thanks’ by local artist Simon Armstrong will be on display at the dock, with people encouraged to write messages of thanks to armed forces ‘branches’ and then hang their messages on the tree.
Simon says: “I was thrilled to be asked to create the ‘Tree of Thanks’ for Liverpool’s Armed Forces Day celebration. It’s such a wonderful project for a great cause.
“I hope people enjoy writing their messages and placing them on the tree. The armed forces give up so much for us all and it’s a pleasure to be able to show gratitude.”
Regular and reserve personnel from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, Cadets and veterans will be in attendance at the service and celebrations.
Ahead of the day, Liverpool will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of HMS Eaglet on Wednesday 27 June with a drum and flag service of commemoration at 7.30pm at Exchange Flags.
The centenary coincides with Reserve Forces Day when reservists, who give up their spare time to serve balancing civilian life with a military career, are encouraged to wear their uniforms to their civilian jobs with pride.
Ian Francis, armed forces champion for Liverpool, says: “To be celebrating our armed forces and reserve forces is something as a city we look forward to every year. Having the opportunity to thank regulars and reserves is incredibly important for us.
“Liverpool has a very long and proud tradition of supporting the services and being armed forces friendly.”