Inverness marks Armed Forces Day 2014
The City of Inverness will mark Armed Forces Day on Sunday 29 June with a massed parade, service and events at the Northern Meeting Park.
The Armed Forces Day event in Inverness is one of many being held across the UK to raise awareness of the contribution made by those who serve, and those who have served, in Her Majesty's Armed Forces.
Provost of Inverness Councillor Alex Graham said: “This is our chance in Inverness to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces - not only currently serving troops but also Service families, veterans and cadets. Public support provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families. Armed Forces Day is extra special this year as we also welcome The Highlanders 4SCOTS back to Inverness to march through our City following their recent return from duty in Afghanistan."
Massed bands, will lead the 4 SCOTS Homecoming parade (the Battalion having recently returned from Afghanistan) setting off across the town from Glebe Street at 2pm. The Armed Forces Day contingent of approximately 300 including the Royal British Legion Scotland and Veterans Associations will form up on Falcon Square and Follow 4 SCOTS through the town stepping off at 2:15pm.
Brigadier HBHE Monro CBE will accompany the Provost of Inverness, Councillor Alex Graham and Lord Lieutenant of Inverness Donald Cameron of Lochiel on the dais outside the Town House to take the Salute. The Royal British Legion Society President will also be in attendance.
The parade will then continue the march to the Northern Meeting Park for a Drumhead service where 4 SCOTS Padre will accompany the RBLS Padre on the dais to receive 4 SCOTS Colours.
After the service, 4 SCOTS will return to the Town House for an official reception, hosted by the Provost of Inverness, as part of their homecoming welcome from the City of Inverness. All other Armed Forces Day participants and the public will be welcome to remain in the Northern Meeting Park to mix with the troops.
Councillor Carolyn Caddick, Highland Council’s Armed Forces and Veterans' Champion added: “The support from the public during events like Armed Forces Day is very important to Armed Forces troops and their families. Admission is free to the event but all donations are welcome, as the surplus money is donated to ex-Services and local charities.”