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Armed Forces Day Parade 2014

Published Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Enfield will honour the bravery of its military personnel on June 29 during an especially poignant Armed Forces Day Parade held nearly 100 years after the outbreak of World War One in 1914.

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This year also marks the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of occupied Europe during World War II in 1944 and it is expected a number of veterans from that conflict will participate in the parade.

Armed Forces Day aims to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. It also aims to give the nation an opportunity to show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to service families and incudes all ages and experiences from veterans to cadets.

This year’s parade, organised by the Royal British Legion and supported by Enfield Council, and made up of serving troops, their families, veterans, recruits and cadets, will start at the Enfield Town War Memorial at 11.00am  and make its way to the Civic Centre, where a the Armed Forces Day flag will be raised.

Awards will also be given out by Major John Rodwell Deputy Lieutenant to Air Cadet Rosie Colquhoun and Leading Cadet Jessica-Ann Edwards for their achievements on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.

Cllr Doug Taylor, the Leader of Enfield Council said “This year is a unique occasion to reflect on the sacrifices our armed forces made in the past – during the maelstrom of World War I, which started 100 years ago this year, and in the many other conflicts since then.

“Our armed forces do a difficult and often extremely unpleasant job with the utmost professionalism, and we owe them an enormous debt of gratitude for the freedoms and opportunities we take for granted today.

“We must never forget that 100 years ago we were standing on the brink of the world’s first ever global conflict and earlier this month 70 years ago, our troops were storming beaches in France on D-Day and attempting to roll back the tide of fascism which had engulfed Europe.

“I’d urge residents to take this opportunity in the World War I centenary year to show their support for our armed forces, not just for serving troops, sailors and airmen, but also for the veterans who went through so much, many of whom who fought and died in conflicts past to protect our way of life.”

Brendon Farrell from Enfield Royal British Legion said “Armed Forces Day will be especially poignant this year as we are also marking the centenary of the start of the Great War and the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

“I would like to welcome Enfield’s residents to join me as we remember the work of our armed forces and to show support to those who are currently serving.”

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