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Armed Forces Day

The Royal British Legion is delighted to support Armed Forces Day this year and every year.

Despite the national event being cancelled due to the pandemic, our network of staff, members, partners and volunteers will still be celebrating our Armed Forces in your communities.

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Armed Forces Day 2021

To celebrate Armed Forces Day this year we challenged civilians to guess commonly used military items, demonstrating the unique lives they live and the challenges they encounter.

What is Armed Forces Day?

Armed Forces Day is the annual opportunity for us all to come together in recognition and celebration of the wonderful service provided by our regular and reservist soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, past and present, and the families that have supported them in turn.

Rarely in our recent history has the British Public owed so much to those in uniform. Whether manning testing stations in the wind and rain, giving up weekends and leave to bolster the NHS, or rolling out much needed vaccines across the country, our armed forces have been on the frontlines in the fight against Covid-19.

But we also understand that when serving people hang up their uniform it can be difficult for them and their families without that sense of service and purpose anymore. And when military experiences are lost in translation it can make life really hard. That’s why the RBL has been standing with the Armed Forces community for 100 years. For us, every day is Armed Forces Day.

From 1921 to this day, the RBL have been challenging injustices and ensuring all who have served and sacrificed on our behalf get the fair treatment, support and recognition they deserve.​And, with your support, we’ll keep doing so for the next 100 years.

Key dates for this year are as follows:

  • Armed Forces Day Flag Raising - 21 June 2021
  • Reservists Day - 23 June 2021
  • Armed Forces Day - 26 June 2021

15% off Poppy Shop

To mark Armed Forces Day, Poppy Shop are offering a 15% discount using the code MILITARY15. 

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Armed Forces Day activity pack

To celebrate Armed Forces week, the National Memorial Arboretum have put together a family pack full of fun activities to help young people and families celebrate the contributions of our wonderful Armed Forces Community. The NMA will be hosting a weekend event on the 26-27 June. To book your ticket in advance and download the free activity pack, please visit the NMA website.

Find out more on the NMA website
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