Armed Forces Week

Armed Forces Week - 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had to cancel this year's Armed Forces Day celebration event in West Park.

We plan to return next year - bigger and better than before. Despite the lockdown, it is still important to celebrate all that our armed forces community do to keep our nation safe, so this year activities have been moved online.

Please see below for more information about the online events that happenend during Armed Forces Week 2020.

Introduction to Armed Forces Week from the Mayor


Reserves Day message from the Deputy Mayor

Conclusion message from the Leader


Today, we celebrate our #MercianWarriors, past and present, and are grateful for all they have achieved this year through their continued selfless commitment and dedication to serve the nation. Working alongside our NATO partners and other allies, they continue to deliver security at home and abroad. Adaptable and ready, most recently regular and reserve soldiers of The Mercian Regiment have been deployed across the country, assisting with the delivery of self-administered COVID-19 tests to those in need.

RAF Cosford Voluntary Band

The RAF Cosford Voluntary Band has put together a short media montage.

The Band recorded some of their favourite music which they recorded individually from home in April during the strict lockdown.  They have even included a rendition of a very topical ‘Only Leave your House for ‘The Bare Necessities’.

Further information please visit Cosford Voluntary Bands website

The Wings Parachute Team

As the Wings Parachute Team, which was due to perform again this year, is not able to jump into West Park, they have kindly provided the following clip. It gives an insight into their day jobs in uniform with the forces as well as how they spend their weekends supporting forces charities by parachuting at events across the country. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to seeing them again in person at next year's Armed Forces Day event.

Smiley faceMeet the Army!

If you are interested in the Army Reservists and what they do then you are welcome to join Colonel C J Ledsham TD VR, Deputy Commander HQ 11 Signals & West Midlands Brigade for a Live Virtual Broadcast Event and Q&A with the Army Engagement Team at 2:30pm until 3:30pm on Thursday 25th June 2020.

Register for the live broadcast
A message from The Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands

See the Lord-Lieutenants message to our Armed Forces thanking them for their commitment, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic

Useful links to how the Armed Forces are celebrating Armed Forces Week