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Dacorum prepares to celebrate Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for us to show gratitude and appreciation for the men and women who make up the armed forces community, from current serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

This year, we are again unable to host a large event in Gadebridge Park due to COVID-19. However, in the build-up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday 26 June 2021, there will be a series of local events we are supporting to recognise the armed forces community.

Dacorum Heritage Trust, in partnership with us, will be installing a series of banners on the railings of the Splash Park in Gadebridge Park this week, showcasing the borough’s involvement in past wars. The banners have QR codes which, when scanned by a mobile phone, allow visitors to delve further into wartime history and the stories of local men, women and children. They will also link you through to activity packs for children. The banners will be up until 28 June and are also available to view online.

An official flag raising ceremony will be taking place on Monday 21 June at The Forum in Hemel Hempstead at 10.15am to mark the start of Armed Forces Week, which will be shown live on our Facebook page.

With our support, Tring Book Festival will be marking Armed Forces Week with two authors of national significance - Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and author of War Horse, and former RAF Officer John Nichol. We have supplied copies of Farm Boy, Michael Morpurgo’s new book, to three local schools and he will be talking about this and other books and answering children’s questions on Tuesday 22 June.

In addition, former RAF Officer John Nichol will be online on Wednesday 23 June at 7pm, talking and answering questions about his new book Tornado - In The Eye Of The Storm. Tickets and a signed copy of this book are available through the Tring Book Festival website.

Other events include:

  • Groups that help the armed forces community in Dacorum will talk about what they do and how they can help, and answer questions on the Supporting the Armed Forces Community Webinar. This will include representatives from the Healthy Hub, the Royal British Legion, Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Clubs and Help for Heroes
  • Grants have been given to community groups for various activities, including a concert in the Memorial Garden in Tring and an online fitness session with Viking Fitness
  • Podcasts are being created with ex-forces personnel from Dacorum, with the support of the University of Hertfordshire
  • Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring Libraries will be putting on Armed Forces displays. 

Cllr Julie Banks, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “It is unfortunate that we have had to keep many Armed Forces Day events online again this year. However, we've been able to work with our community groups to put on a fantastic programme of events throughout June that celebrate our armed forces personnel. These events aim to bring the community together in commemoration of those that are, or have been, involved with the Armed Forces and to share their stories.”

Find out more information on the Armed Forces Day events.