Show your support for fifth military parade

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PAST and present members of the military are to parade through Sheffield - and members of the public are being urged to come along and show their support.

The city is hosting its fifth annual Armed Forces and Veterans Day event on Saturday, June 23, involving people ranging from World War Two veterans to soldiers who have served in the current Afghanistan conflict.

Vince McDonagh, secretary of Sheffield and District Joint Council of Ex Service Associations, said: “The event is open to all former armed services personnel whether they have been regulars, conscripts or reservists.

“We would urge members of the public to turn out and show their support.”

The event involves a parade of veterans and current members of the Territorial Army’s 106 Field Squadron Royal Engineers, based at Greenhill, some of whom have served in Afghanistan.

Music will be provided by the Woodhouse Prize Band.

Mr McDonagh, who will be parade marshal, leading the first section of veterans, said the parade will gather in Millennium Square and march off at 11.50am, on a circular route around the city centre returning to the Peace Gardens for noon.

New Lord Mayor John Campbell, who replaces Sylvia Dunkley later this month, will take the salute. He will be accompanied by Sheffield Council leader, Coun Julie Dore, and other civic dignitaries.

The veterans will be treated to lunch at the Town Hall while outside there will also be military displays and entertainment including old-time dance music.

Rotherham is also hosting events on June 23 to mark the occasion.

Activities will begin in the town centre from 10am with stalls and family entertainment taking place until 4pm.

There will be a parade leaving the Town Hall at about 11.20am followed by the raising of the Armed Forces Flag at 12noon in All Saints’ Square.

In Chesterfield, the Armed Forces Flag will be raised on Monday, June 25, outside the Town Hall by military and veterans’ representatives and on Friday, June 29, there will be an Armed Forces Display at Eastwood Hall, Rose Hill.

Armed Forces and Veterans Day is held to support living members of the forces, in contrast to Remembrance Day in November which marks the sacrifices of those who died in conflicts over the years.