The Queen has sent a message of thanks to mark Armed Forces Day in which she praised personnel and veterans for their dedication and spoke of the way both serving and past members ‘contribute’ to life across the UK.
The message, signed Elizabeth R., was sent on behalf of the Queen and Prince Philip and was shared on the morning of June 27th 2020, this year’s Armed Forces Day. It reads:
”The Duke of Edinburgh and I join many around the United Kingdom in celebrating Armed Forces Day, and the efforts of our military both at home and overseas.
Today provides an opportunity for thanks, and a recognition of the dedication and risks faced by those serving our nation. We also have cause to thank veterans, who continue to contribute to our way of life, long after they leave the Armed Forces.
Having had members of my family serve in each of the Armed Services, I know only too well of the pride Service personnel take in their duty. As your Commander-in-Chief, I send my warmest best wishes to you all, your families, and the entire Armed Forces community.”
Armed Forces Day was originally called Veterans’ Day and began in 2006. Its names was changed in 2009. it is designed to commemorate service, past and present, of all members of Britain’s Armed Forces.
It is usually marked with public parades and events. However, the coronavirus pandemic has led to major changes and many of the commemorations are taking place online.