PRESENT and past service personnel are gearing up for events to mark Armed Forces and Veterans Day.
Details have been revealed of events in Sheffield to mark the occasion, on Saturday, June 25.
The programme, which starts at 11am, centres on Fargate, Barker’s Pool and the Peace Gardens.
The event is being organised by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Sylvia Dunkley and Sheffield and District Joint Council of Ex-Service Associations.
Coun Dunkley has urged Sheffield residents to attend and show their support. She said: “I am honoured and delighted to be taking part in this year’s Sheffield Armed Forces and Veterans Day.
“This is our chance to say thank you to all members of the Armed Forces, past, present and future, from currently serving troops to Service families, and from veterans to cadets.
“I would call on everyone in Sheffield to come and show their support for the fantastic contribution these brave men and women have made, and continue to make.”
The centrepiece of events in Sheffield will be a short parade of veterans.
The parade will form in Millennium Square next to the Winter Garden, marching off at midday around the Town Hall and back into the Peace Gardens.
Some of the more frail veterans will be making their way around the route by wheelchair.
Armed forces cadets will line the route and be part of a guard of honour for the Mayor.
Music will be provided by Woodhouse Prize Brass Band.
Vince McDonagh, secretary of Sheffield and District Joint Council of Ex Service Associations, said: “After saying a few words in the Peace Gardens, the Lord Mayor will invite us into the Town Hall to a reception.
“A ‘ration book’ will be handed out to everyone on parade, which will allow them inside for a buffet of pie and peas, plus some cakes.”
Other towns in South Yorkshire have not yet revealed their arrangements to mark the occasion.