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Resident and visitors support Armed Forces Day Service and Parade

Published Monday, 26 June 2023
A photograph of several men stood in black uniform. The men are all facing forwards and some are wearing medals.

A special service and parade was held in Hinckley on Saturday (24 June) to enable people to show their support for the Armed Forces.

Organised by the Borough Council, in partnership with the Hinckley combined Armed Forces and Veterans Community and Churches Together, the event included representatives from several regiments, nationalities, sections and services, including the local cadet forces.

Now in its 15th year, Armed Forces Day offers everyone a chance to thank the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to service families, veterans, and cadets.

A procession marched down Castle Street and into Argents Mead for a service which was led by Reverend Ian Hill from St Marys Church. Afterwards the parade made its way down Castle Street and along Station Road where a formal salute was taken. 

A variety of military vehicles and memorabilia was on display in Argents Mead for visitors to view, kindly supplied by volunteers including those from Charnwood MVT (Affiliated to the Military Vehicle Trust) and their members.

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Dawn Glenville said:

"This year as ever, offered an opportunity to highlight the sacrifices that were made for the freedoms that we enjoy today and to recognise the ongoing service that our Armed Forces undertake.

“Armed Forces Day is both an opportunity to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and a celebration for the steadfast service that our serving, reserves and veterans have given. The day offers the opportunity to consider the wider armed forces family such as those Cadet Forces, servicemen and women's families and civilian support personnel.

“I would like to thank all those who attended and remembered those who we have lost and for recognising the service of our veterans and our current armed forces across the world. As ever thanks to all who were involved in the organisation of the day.”