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Armed Forces Week 2020

Armed Forces Week is an annual event that takes place in the last week of June. It is an opportunity for organisations across the country to show their support to the Armed Forces community, from those currently serving, service families, veterans, reserves and cadets.

Each day during Armed Forces Week is dedicated to a certain sector of the Armed Forces community, the most notable being Reserves Day on the Wednesday and Armed Forces Day on Saturday. Armed Forces Day is normally celebrated with military parades through cities across the UK, with one city chosen to host the National Armed Forces Day Parade that, this year, would have been in Scarborough. With the current pandemic there will be no mass gatherings or parades, and Scarborough will still be recognised as the National host for 2021.

Sunderland City Council is an ERS Gold Award organisation, one of the most prestigious awards given to an organisation that has a strong, long-standing commitment to the Armed Forces. ERS Gold Award organisations have policies in place that support the Armed Forces community, including mobilisation policies for reservists, and ensure all employees are aware of these policies. They also regularly engage with their local Armed Forces community and offer support where possible, for instance our Armed Forces Partnership that provides a platform for the Armed Forces to network with partners from across the city, and the Mayor’s current chosen Charity is ‘Veterans in Crisis’ who offer a wide-variety of support to ex-service men and women with multiple and/or complex needs.

In addition to this we host various events throughout the year such as an Armed Forces Day weekend event, the Sunderland International Airshow, and one of the biggest Remembrance Day parades outside of London. It is unfortunate that due to the current pandemic these events have not been able to take place this year. We are, however, continuing to recognise these events by other means, including for Armed Forces week.

Throughout the week we will posting on social media (@SunderlandUK) video messages from the Mayor of Sunderland, Sunderland City Council’s Deputy Leader, and the Lord-Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear. We will also be sharing further information on the Armed Forces, Reserves and Cadets for those interested in joining.

The Armed Forces flag will be flying throughout the weekend to recognise Armed Forces Day, and City Landmarks lit up in red, white and blue. We also encourage residents to decorate their houses in red, white and blue to show their support for the Armed Forces Community.

If you would like to share how you will be celebrating throughout Armed Forces Week, you can use the hashtag #MySunderland.

Published 22/06/2020 by Rachel Lawson