A full day of events to support the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from serving troops to veterans and cadets, will take place in Sandown next Saturday (16th June).

One of the marks of any civilised nation is the way it supports and respects those who fight for their country. The Island’s Armed Forces Day celebrations will this year be held on the 16th June – 2 weeks before the national day of celebration.

At 11:00 there will be an opening ceremony by the Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Lora Peacey-Wilcox, followed with a blessing by the County British Legion Chaplain at the War Memorial on Sandown Esplanade.

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Commencing at 12:30, serving personnel, veterans, standard bearers and cadets will parade along the seafront led by The Band of the Royal Logistic Corps, Medina Marching Band, Wight Diamonds Marching Band and Rose & Thistle Pipes and Drums from Portsmouth.

The Isle of Wight’s Lord Lieutenant Major General Martin White CB CBE JP will be taking the salute at the march past.

Throughout the day there will be a full programme of various displays and exhibitions also many side stalls for all the family.

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