Armed Forces Day statement from Cllr Gina Needs


A statement from Cllr Gina Needs, Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion and Enforcement at Enfield Council:

“For Armed Forces Day, I would like to invite you and your friends and family to join me in showing your support for all those in the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

“In Enfield, we have been working with The Enfield Veterans’ Combined Services Ceremonial Committee (EVCSCC) of the Enfield Branch of the Royal British Legion, to organise the annual national commemoration of Armed Forces Day in Enfield Town.

“This year, the annual Armed Forces Day will be commemorated nationally on 29 June, but our local event to honour those who keep us safe will be held on Sunday 23 June which is the beginning of Armed Forces Week.

“Our parade and event will proudly show our support for UK and Commonwealth servicemen and servicewomen who continue to serve in operations to preserve our freedoms. Everyone is welcome to attend to pay their respects.

“Armed Forces Day is important as it is a chance for us all to show our support for the Armed Forces community not only in Enfield but across the UK, from currently serving personnel to Service families, veterans and cadets.

“It’s important to recognise and celebrate the wonderful service provided by our regular and reservist soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, both past and present.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the friends and families of our Armed Forces who couldn’t do their job without their incredible support.

“We owe so much to our uniform organisations. For example, our Armed Forces were there on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19, where they worked with local authorities to man Covid testing stations and helped to roll out vaccines during the pandemic.

“Let us also not forget Reserves Day on 26 June, which provides an opportunity to recognise our Reserve Forces.”

Event details

Sunday 23 June

9:30am - A parade will begin from Enfield Chase War Memorial (Chase Side, EN2 6SG) to Enfield Civic Centre (Silver Street EN1 3XA). The Parade Marshall is Paul Carroll from the Enfield Royal British Legion.

The parade will include veterans from the Royal British Legion, Sea Scouts, Air Cadets, St John Ambulance, serving personnel from Police, Fire and Ambulance services with music from the Stow Caledonian Pipe Band.

9:50am - The parade will reach Enfield Civic Centre.

10am - A parade of cadets, ahead of the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag. Cllr Mohammad Islam, Mayor of Enfield and Deputy Lieutenant, Ann Cable will give a speech.

10:15am - A presentation of certificates to cadets by the Deputy Lieutenant.

10:20am - Event ends.


The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.

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