Armed Forces Day 2021

Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for us to show our gratitude and appreciation to the men and women who make up the armed forces community, from current serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets. 

This year, we were once again unable to host a large event in Gadebridge Park, due to COVID-19. However, in the build-up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday 26 June 2021, a series of local events recognising the armed forces community were held.

Please view these video messages:

  • Armed Forces Day - Rt Hon Sir Mike Penning MP
  • Dacorum Borough Council supporting the Armed Forces Covenant – Cllr Terry Douris
  • Armed Forces Day 2021 - Cllr Julie Banks, Dacorum Borough Council Armed Forces Champion

Flag raising ceremony

An official flag raising ceremony was held on Monday 21 June (10.30am) at The Forum in Hemel Hempstead to mark the start of Armed Forces Week.

Grant awards

To mark Armed Forces Day 2021, we awarded £500 grants to projects supporting the Armed Forces community:

  • Tring Together are going to organise a concert for Armed Forces Day in Tring.
  • The Hemel Hempstead Rotary Club to organise a visit for ex-forces to the National Memorial Arboretum.
  • Age UK Dacorum to organise reminiscence sessions
  • Dacorum Radio to organise music and podcasts
  • Tring Memorial Park will be installing a table for wheelchair use
  • Viking Circle Fitness to organise sports activities aimed at supporting mental health for ex-forces. Watch a Viking Circle Fitness video.

Other events

  • Author Michael Morpurgo and his books War Horse and Farm BoyTring Book Festival marked Armed Forces Week with two authors of national significance -  Sir Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and author of War Horse, and former RAF Officer John Nichol. We supplied copies of Farm Boy, Michael Morpurgo’s new book, to several local schools and he spoke about this and other books and answered children’s questions on Tuesday 22 June.
  • Former RAF Officer John Nichol was online on Wednesday 23 June at 7pm, talking and answering questions about his new book Tornado - In The Eye Of The Storm.
  • Armed Forces Day post box toppers, created by Yarn Bomb Hemel Hempstead, were also dotted around the town.
  • Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring Libraries also held Armed Forces displays.