Celebrate Armed Forces Week 2024

Armed Forces Week 2024 is fast approaching and activities are being planned around the country to celebrate and give thanks to our Military personnel and their commitment to keeping us safe. It all culminates with Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June.

The week-long show of support provides a valued boost to all Military personnel – Serving, Veterans, Ex-service, Reservists – and their families.   

Reserves Day

Wednesday 26 June will be Reserves Day –celebrating Reservists who balance their civilian life with their Military career, giving up their spare time to serve as part of the Armed Forces.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has created a downloadable employer toolkit to help people plan their internal and external communications to celebrate Reserves Day.

The toolkit includes information on the day, ideas on celebrating and championing your reservists, and access to branded assets and logos.

The toolkit and resources can be downloaded from the Armed Forces Day website here.

Armed Forces Day

The culmination of the week is Armed Forces Day, which takes place on the last Saturday of June,

The day also marks the culmination of a week of celebrations of Service personnel, Reservists, Ex-Service, Veterans, and their families, beginning on Monday, 21 June, when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and landmarks across the UK. 

There are lots of ways communities and organisations can show their support, by hosting or joining in at an event.

Events across Scotland

All dates and events were correct at the time of publishing

Aberdeen Armed Forces Day Parade

On 29 June there will be a parade of serving military men and women, veterans associations, cadet and youth organisations accompanied by local pipe bands and vintage military vehicles march down Union Street from 11:00-12:00, finishing at the Castlegate.

Find out more on the Aberdeen City website.

Ayr Summer Family Fest with Armed Forces and Pipes in the Park

The event takes place on Saturday 22 June starting at 11:45 with the official Flag Raising ceremony followed by an afternoon full of exciting and engaging activities and attractions.

Find out more on the Armed Forces Day website.

City of Edinburgh Armed Forces Day event

On Saturday 22 June from 10:00, a parade will set off along George St in Edinburgh, to St Andrews Square where an address and programme of entertainment will take place along with refreshments available to all veterans taking part. Timings for the Parade will be announced closer to the time.

Find out more on the Leigion Scotland website.

More information is also available on the Armed Forces Day website.

More for

We have lots of useful guides for families of school-age young people in our Families section.

More for Educators

Our Educators section is filled with valuable information for teachers of Forces children across Scotland.