We salute our Forces

A still image from a Royal Air Force parade, with the words Armed Forces Week superimposed over the top.

Celebrations are taking place nationwide for this year’s Armed Forces Week.

Starting from Monday 24 June, the week-long show of support honours all Forces personnel – Service, Veterans, Reservists, Ex-Service, and their families. The week will also feature Reserves Day on Wednesday (26 June), culminating with Armed Forces Day on Saturday (29 June).

A number of events will take place across Scotland, some of which are included below.

Aberdeen Armed Forces Day Parade

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

Discover more about the parade on the Aberdeen City Council website.

Bravehound’s Armed Forces Day Dog Show

A paws-tastic family day will take place from noon to 16:00 on 29 June at the Sight Scotland Veterans Linburn Centre, Wilkieston. The free event will include dog show classes, agility display and Bravehound parade. Bravehound supports former Servicemen, women and their families. The organisation provides training and dogs to support Veterans across Scotland.

More details are available on the Bravehound website.

Glasgow Armed Forces Day Event

On 29 June, Armed Forces representatives will parade to Glasgow’s George Square, with a salute from Lord Lieutenant and Senior Armed Forces members. There will also be stands and fun activities at George Square.

Timings and contact details for the Glasgow event are available on the Armed Forces Day website.

Skelmorlie Armed Forces Day

Skelmorlie, in North Ayrshire, has planned a fun afternoon of activities in celebration. On 30 June there will be a WW2 aircraft model recognition competition, a training rifle shooting range, and a map reading exercise open to all.

For more details on the event and timings, visit the Armed Forces Day website or the Skelmorlie Secret Bunker website

Ahead of the official start date, Ayr and Edinburgh began their celebrations on Saturday (22 June):

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

The Ayr Summer Family Festival with Armed Forces and Pipes in the Park event took place on 22 June with the official Flag Raising ceremony, followed by an afternoon full of exciting and engaging activities and attractions.

City of Edinburgh Armed Forces Day Event

The Edinburgh event took place on 22 June from 10:00, with a a parade setting off along George Street in Edinburgh to St Andrews Square. This was followed by an address and programme of entertainment, along with refreshments available to all Veterans taking part.

All dates correct at the time of publication.

Find out more

You can read more about the week, Reserves Day and Armed Forces Day on our initial Armed Forces Week post.

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

Let us know!

If you are planning an event, make sure to let us know. Fill in the information box below and tag us on social media: Facebook, X (formerly Twitter) and LinkedIn. The Ministry of Defence is promoting the #SaluteOurForces campaign, to create a community and collate images and videos of people saluting the troops during the event.

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More for Educators

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