Published: Tuesday, 18th June 2019

Residents are invited to show their support for the Armed Forces community at a free family fun day.

Medway Council, supported by the Royal School of Military Engineering, is hosting Armed Forces Day at Great Lines Heritage Park in Gillingham on Saturday, 29 June, from 11am to 5pm.

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

There will be fun for all the family including have-a-go activities, military bridge building, concerts, drive-a-digger, army obstacle course, helicopters, a military parade led by the Band of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, arena displays, a funfair and more.

The Royal School of Military Engineering will also showcase skills used by the Sappers in a dedicated Royal Engineer Trades Village such as pontoon building.

We're committed to supporting our Armed Forces community

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, and Armed Forces Champion, said “We are incredibly proud of Medway’s rich military history and we’re committed to continuing our support to our Armed Forces community. I would encourage residents to come down to the Great Lines, show their support and enjoy free family day out packed with fun activities for all to enjoy.”

Medway Council has signed the Armed Forces Covenant which focuses on ensuring services are provided to members of the armed forces community, from education and family well-being to advice on starting a new career.

Last year the council were honoured for our work supporting serving and ex-military personnel and were presented with the silver award for the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

Earlier this year key members of Frontline Services staff took part in training with Forces Connect South East to ensure they understand the covenant and tailor support to armed forces personnel. 

BAE Systems sponsors Medway’s Armed Forces Day.

Celebrate and thank our service men and women

Ian Brimelow, Site Executive for BAE Systems in Rochester, said: “It’s always an honour to be a part of the Medway Armed Forces Day event. As an organisation with a rich heritage in defence, we’re incredibly proud to support the armed forces community of past and present, as well as their families. At BAE Systems we’re committed to supporting the communities in which we operate. Events like these provide the perfect platform for locals to celebrate, and thank, the service men and women of our country.”

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