The Armed Forces Day National Event 2019 will be a huge event for Wiltshire and will provide a major boost to the local economy.
Free tickets will be available from the Wiltshire Council website from 10am on 15 May.
It will take place over three days, from 28-30 June 2019, in Salisbury, where an anticipated 250,000 people will celebrate and recognise our Armed Forces and the vital role they perform in protecting us and our country, as well as honouring our veterans. The event will also provide the perfect opportunity to welcome the troops returning from Germany to Wiltshire, as almost one-quarter of the British regular army will be based in the county by 2020.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will be attending the Saturday.
Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “Wiltshire is the beating heart of the Armed Forces and we are extremely proud of our long association with the military.
“The Armed Forces Day National Event is a unique opportunity to recognise and pay tribute to the specialist military teams, the emergency services and the other organisations that managed the incident and the subsequent clean-up that has helped south Wiltshire to return to normal.
“The communities in Salisbury, Amesbury and south Wiltshire have shown remarkable resilience and fortitude since the incidents and this event will also be a thank you to those local communities for their stoicism and support.
“Our plans for the Armed Forces Day National Event will showcase to the nation and further afield that we truly honour our military personnel.
“The Armed Forces Day National Event 2019 will the most spectacular event so far, and one that Wiltshire and Salisbury truly deserves.”
A stimulating and exciting three-day themed programme that will attract the whole community is planned. It will feature military parades, fly pasts and an air show, concerts, live entertainment, trade stands and exhibitors, as well as military and other displays, along with a host of VIP events, and the addition of a veterans’ and cadets’ day, which will include a service of remembrance.
Friday focuses on saying thank you to serving military personnel with a free barbecue for them and their families at 5pm followed by a concert that is open to everyone. The showground will be open from 2pm.
On Saturday morning the military will parade through the streets of the city centre, a spectacle that is expected to be watched by thousands of people, and it will be shown on big screens at Hudson’s Field. Due to the size of the parade, involving military personnel and vehicles, roads in Salisbury city centre will have to be closed for logistical and security reasons from 6am until 2pm on Saturday 29 June 2019. The line-up at Hudson’s Field on Saturday includes an air show, military demonstrations, live entertainment culminating with a free to attend concert and fireworks.
Sunday focuses on veterans and young people – those who have served and those who may serve – with a commemoration and drumhead service, supported by the Royal British Legion, with the Bishop of Salisbury and padres leading the service. There will also be the opportunity to help the event attempt to break a record by creating the world’s largest human poppy in the main arena at Hudson’s Field.
The event, through the BFBS, will be live linked to Germany and to bases across the world.