The Event

Otley "Armed Forces" Day

ABOUT THE EVENT

Otley Sits on the border between West and North Yorkshire in the beautiful countryside of Lower Wharfedale, Otley is a thriving market town with plenty to offer. Just 10 miles from Leeds, this pretty town is steeped in tradition - from the monthly Farmers' Market to the quaint All Saints' Church and picturesque Otley Chevin Country Park. The Community of Otley come together to support many events throughout the year. Otley "Armed Forces" Day is just one of those events.

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, from attending an event or joining us online to throwing a party or local event.


The national Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June.  In 2020, Otley "Armed Forces" Day will take place on Sunday 5th July.


Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on Monday 22 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.


reserves Day will also provide an opportunity for the country to recognise our Reserve Forces.


Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families. You can find out more about what they are doing at home and around the world by visiting the official sites of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.


The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.


A veteran is anyone who has served in the HM Armed Forces at any time (including National Servicemen, Regulars and Reserves). Armed Forces Day celebrates their continued role within the military community.


Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve.


The Cadet Forces (Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Cadets and the Combined Cadet Force) currently support over 130,000 young people in more than 3,000 locations across the UK. Cadets learn life and career building skills as well as gaining vocational qualifications..


Our Armed Forces couldn’t do their job without the incredible support of their family and friends.


Although Armed Forces Day is not a charitable event, the Armed Forces have the support of several UK charities and many local events will offer opportunities to support them.

 

Forces

Army

One of the most highly regarded and best equipped armies in the world, the British Army is proud of its heritage delivering success in combat through the courage and absolute commitment of its soldiers.

A standing Army provides depth; as well as conducting complex war fighting, it is the same highly trained soldier who welcomes you to the Olympics, deals with floods and trains partner forces abroad.

The British Army is your Army: in an uncertain world it is ever vigilant, always ready and steadfast in its commitment to the defence of the United Kingdom and its citizens.


Navy

The Royal Navy’s presence on the world stage sends a powerful message. We are present, active and able, ready to deploy at a moment’s notice to prevent conflict. By being there when it matters and acting as reassurance to other nations – and as a deterrent to would-be aggressors – we safeguard the flow of international trade, helping Britain to thrive.

Maritime trade is essential to the British way of life, with a huge 95% of Britain’s economic activity depending on the oceans. We import goods worth a breathtaking £524 billion every year – including around half of our food and fuel – so freedom of the seas is truly essential to the UK’s continued prosperity and comfort.


Air Force

The UK and our allies face threats in an uncertain world, from unauthorised aircraft entering protected airspace, to cyber attacks.

Our Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Force based at RAF Lossiemouth (north east Scotland), RAF Coningsby (eastern England), and the Falkland Islands (south Atlantic), are ready to scramble state of the art Eurofighter Typhoons in minutes to intercept threats.

We identify and manage threats before they materialise through intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). We can rapidly deploy aircraft and personnel around the world to deter conflict and defeat our adversaries if necessary.

We are currently active across four continents with significant operations in Eastern Europe, South Atlantic, and the Mediterranean. Our proximity to unstable regions and potential adversaries provides the air power to curb threats and destabilising behaviour.


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