We salute you: Our tribute to heroes on Armed Forces Day

PIC:  James Hardisty.
PIC: James Hardisty.
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Leeds locals will mark Armed Forces Day tomorrow with a variety of events happening across the city centre.

The day is marked nationwide every year on the last Saturday of June and offers people the opportunity to ‘show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community’.

Leeds began its celebrations on Monday when the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Jane Dowson, raised the official Armed Forces Day flag next to the war memorial as part of a special ceremony held at Victoria Gardens.

The ceremony included a minute’s silence for the victims of the Grenfell tower block fire tragedy.

The Armed Forces flag is also flying above Leeds Town Hall and Leeds Civic Hall.

Coun Dowson said: “It was a real honour for me as Lord Mayor to raise the Armed Forces Day flag on Victoria Gardens.

“This year’s programme promises to be one of the biggest yet and we are really looking forward to another brilliant crowd attending on Saturday.”

The day will begin with a march through the city centre, led by Royal Navy Officers from HMS Audacious and featuring veterans and serving personnel.

There will also be stalls and a display of military vehicles, as well as a German ME109 and a Spitfire at Millennium Square, which visitors will be able to sit in for photos.

The celebrations will run from 11am to 4pm.

Mirfield will also hold celebrations to mark Armed Forces Day and a service will be conducted by the Mirfield Royal British Legion Padre.

Relics from The Somme and Monte Cassino will also be added to an existing memorial garden, which has a number of artefacts from conflicts around the world.

There is also a wide range of other events taking place throughout Yorkshire, including a parade in Bradford and a performance from the Military Wives Choir at a day of celebrations in York.

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