rectangle_forum_av_250x80_2The Historic Dockyard at Chatham is the venue for the first ever Armed Forces Day which takes place tomorrow.  It is an opportunity for the Nation to show support for men and women who make up the armed forces community.  The National event has proved so popular it has sold out but there are many other events taking place around Great Britain.  From 10.30 on Monday flags have been flown by hundreds of communities across the UK and I was pleased to see that my workplace took part in this.

Admiral Sir Ian Garnett KCB, Chairman of the Chatham Historic Dockland Trust, said:

It is both an honour and a privilege for The Historic Dockyard Chatham, in the heart of Medway, Kent, to be the venue for the UK’s first National Armed Forces Day. With over 400 years of military history, we are looking forward to arranging a family event that will recognise the many achievements of today’s Armed Forces and veterans.

Chatham Docks

All at Sea

HMS Gannet

13 Comments CherryPie on Jun 26th 2009

13 Responses to “Pictures from Chatham”

  1. jameshigham says:

    Yes, it is tomorrow – you got in before me. :)

  2. A good idea and hopefully it will make people more aware of the horrors of war. What does the second picture represent, Cherie?

    • CherryPie says:

      It is part of a monument that is on the docks. I will post the full picture soon and see if I can find the description of what it is. It doesn’t feature in the guidebook!

  3. Ellee says:

    I agree we should remember those who suffered so much and lost their lives in order to maintain our freedom.

  4. Off topic. There is an owl post on my blog awaiting your attention ;-)

  5. Lord T says:

    Our must maligned soldiers deserve all our support. They go out there so we don’t have to.

    Well done lads. I and most of the public salute you despite what you may think from reading the papers.

  6. Tom Brown says:

    The 2nd picture is a partial detail from The Destroyer Memorial Monument. It was unveiled on 14th November 2007 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The memorial is sited alonside the preserved WW11 destroyer HMS Cavalier, which is a memorial to the 11,000 men from 142 Royal Navy destroyers that were lost in that conflict. On the reverse of the memorial the names of those ships are listed.

    I had the honour to represent shipmates at the 1st Armed Forces Day Parades in Chatham, as a Standard Bearer.

    Good Luck CherryPie

    • CherryPie says:

      Thanks so much for that Tom, I bet you felt very proud to have taken part in that day :-)

      You are not going to believe this but I was in the middle of posting a new blog post in reply to this post. I had added three pictures and the first sentence of the post then got called away from the computer. When I came back here was your reply to this post!

      I am so glad I got called away, your comments really made my post special. Thank you :-)

  7. [...] was asked by Welshcakes what the second photograph in my Armed Forces Day post represented.

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