Armed Forces Day – Veterans raise flags and enjoy concerts
Armed Forces Day has been marked by veterans at Royal Star & Garter’s three Homes.
Residents watched films, enjoyed concerts and raised the Armed Forces Day flag outside the charity’s Homes in Solihull, Surbiton and High Wycombe.
Royal Star & Garter provides loving, compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia.
Armed Forces Day, which took place on Saturday 26 June, supports the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.
In the week leading up to Armed Forces Day, residents in Surbiton raised the flag outside and enjoyed a traditional pub lunch at the Home. There was an afternoon tea with music, and on the special day, an Armed Forces Day concert extravaganza, given by the ‘Lest We Forget’ Association.
In High Wycombe, residents enjoyed an Armed Forces-themed bingo, took part in a singalong and enjoyed a reminiscence party. Singer Molly Marie Walsh performed wartime classics live for residents at the Home on Armed Forces Day.
At the Solihull Home, which was decorated with balloons and bunting, veterans baked red, white and blue cupcakes and enjoyed craft sessions. They reminisced with staff members who have served in the military and read war poetry. Live music was performed by vintage vocal harmony group Boogaloo Babes.
Royal Star & Garter Chair, Major General Tim Tyler, said: “This is an important day for everyone at Royal Star & Garter. It is a time to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country, and to remember the sacrifices that they and their loved ones have made. Despite the impact of the pandemic, we have still been able to gather to reflect, remember and thank our nation’s military family.”
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