Moray is set to celebrate its biggest ever Armed Forces Day with a series of events centred on Forres’ Grant Park on Saturday, June 21.
A parade of serving military personnel will join veterans from all services and cadet forces down Forres High Street to open an afternoon of celebration.
In the park itself an RAF Search and Rescue helicopter will be on display while Kinloss-based sappers from 39 Engineers will host a hands-on demonstration of mine detecting. The Regiment will also demonstrate how they go about building a bridge while divers will use a giant tank to show deep-sea diving techniques.
A host of stalls will be open while there will be a ‘taster’ of what is to come in the park later this summer with Pipes and Drums providing some entertainment.
Moray Council convener Stewart Cree said that as usual the Moray public will respond in showing their appreciation and support for the armed forces. He said: “It’s always heart-warming to see the number of people turning out to appreciate the men and women of our armed forces.
“In particular, this is a great opportunity to pay tribute to those veterans in our midst and I would urge all veterans from across Moray to take part in the parade.
“I have already written to all the area’s ex-servicemen’s clubs inviting their members, but everyone will be welcome.”
It is expected that around 170 personnel and veterans will parade between two pipe bands, with the Lord Lieutenants of Moray and Banffshire taking the salute alongside military commanders.
Councillor Cree added: “Details about the event on our website, or people can phone on 01343 563601. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.”