Cllr Kath Perry
Cllr Kath Perry

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being asked to pay tribute to the nation’s servicemen and women ahead of Armed Forces Day.

Coronavirus has seen a number of events cancelled, but Staffordshire is still being urged to mark the occasion on 27th June.

The #SaluteOurForces campaign is asking residents to share a video or photo of themselves saluting the nation’s Armed Forces.

Cllr Kath Perry, chairman of Staffordshire County Council said:

“Every year we celebrate Armed Forces Day and pay tribute to the brave service men and women and the work they do to keep us all safe.

“It’s a great day to show our appreciation and I would encourage people to join in with the online activities.”

Cllr Kath Perry, Staffordshire County Council

The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas is also running a digital programme on social media to help families learn about the wide variety of roles performed by the Armed Forces and the importance of remembrance.

“We can still show our thanks”

The Armed Forces Day flag will be raised at the Arboretum tomorrow.

Cllr Philip Atkins, leader of Staffordshire County Council, said:

Philip Atkins

“As a big supporter of our Armed Forces, I do hope that people will find some time to join in the online tributes to show their support. 

“It’s sad that we can’t pay tribute in the normal way such as physical events and services because of the coronavirus pandemic, but by using #SaluteOurForces we can still show our thanks. 

“This is a really simple way for anyone to pay tribute to the British Armed Forces community for their hard work, dedication and efforts to keep us safe in the UK and across the globe.

“I would urge people to join in.” 

Cllr Philip Atkins, Staffordshire County Council

For more details about online activities, visit the Armed Forces Day website.


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4 replies on “Lichfield and Burntwood residents asked to salute for Armed Forces Day”

  1. First of all, it goes without saying that the Armed Forces to a magnificent job, and we should all grateful for their work.

    However, isn’t this getting a bit silly now? Clap one day, salute the next….is this some sort of build up tot an aggadoo type song?

  2. @Miles

    I agree – this whole fad of signifying appreciation is a dreadful bore, and nothing more than virtue signalling.

    It’s as if simply quietly and privately having a genuine appreciating of something, be it NHS, Police, Armed Services, Shelf Stackers, War Veterans, Teachers etc etc., simply isn’t enough anymore. We have to inflict the need to tell each other just how much we appreciate them – by some childish action or patronising activity.

    Please can we just stop?

  3. I propose a “Scissor” day, whereby we all mimic the scissor symbol with two fingers, to commemorate the valuable service hairdressers and barbers do.

    Ps. Yes – it’s getting ridiculous now…

  4. All of the comments above hit the nail on the head.
    There is an implication from some quarters with this sort of thing, that if you are not in, then you are out, you are somehow not “Patriotic”.
    I have served in the forces, as have many others, and not all veterans want to join in with “patriotic festivities” which at times they feel like, more for the politicians than for the forces.
    The one year I attended a parade as a veteran I wore both Red & White poppies, the white representing peace and civilian lives lost in war, and had a number of muppets trying to tell me it was disrespectful etc, until I pointed out it was my way of remembering those I had seen in Bosnia, and maybe they should take their opinion and disappear and procreate.
    11:00 11th November, is the one day that counts, when the politicians are made to stand together, with our head of state in front of the Cenotaph and the country and be reminded of their past political decisions resulting in the deaths of British & commonwealth citizens past and present.
    Salute, fine, just remember it is a free country for millions of hard fought reasons.

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