Wakefield Armed Forces Day: A Celebration of Service

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On Saturday, 29 June, Pontefract Park will come alive with the sights and sounds of Wakefield Armed Forces Day 2024. This annual event honors the contributions of both serving and veteran members of the armed forces, as well as the broader armed forces community.

With a full schedule of activities, the event promises a memorable day for all attendees.

a plane in the sky for Wakefield Armed Forces Day

A Day of Celebration and Recognition

Wakefield Armed Forces Day is a free, family-friendly event running from 10am to 4:30pm, designed to celebrate and acknowledge the dedication and sacrifices of military personnel. The day is packed with engaging activities and displays that highlight the skills and bravery of the armed forces.

Exciting Activities and Displays

The event will feature a variety of activities, including a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast, showcasing a piece of history with a nod to the valor of past service members. Military displays and performances will take place in the arena, providing an up-close look at the capabilities and traditions of the armed forces.

Additionally, attendees can enjoy an array of food trucks, community stalls, and a craft market, offering a chance to relax, shop, and savor local flavors.

Highlights of the Day

Cllr Josie Pritchard, Wakefield Council’s Armed Forces Champion, highlighted the significance of the event:

“This is always a fun-packed and free day out for all the family. It gives people an opportunity to show their support for the Armed Forces and the outstanding work they do for our country.”

Notable events throughout the day include:

  • K9 Fireside Police Dog Trials: Watch these highly trained canines in action.
  • Yorkshire Prose Performances: Enjoy poetic and dramatic readings that celebrate local culture.
  • The Yorkshire Military Band: Experience the stirring sounds of military music.
  • Blue Light Static Displays: Explore displays from emergency services.
  • Buglers Display: Witness the precision and tradition of military bugling.
  • The Veterans Parade: Honor the service of veterans as they march in recognition.
  • Community Group Performances: Enjoy performances by local groups showcasing their talents.
  • Helicopter Free Fall Parachute Display: Thrill at the sight of parachutists descending from the skies.

Stay Connected with Rhubarb Radio

Rhubarb Radio will be broadcasting live from the event, ensuring that everyone can stay connected and informed about the day’s happenings.

Plan Your Visit

Given the popularity of the event, attendees are encouraged to car share, use public transport, or walk to the venue, as roads and car parks are expected to be busy. If the weather is warm, it’s advisable to bring drinks, shade, sunscreen, and hats. Well-behaved dogs are also welcome to join the festivities.

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