Capital flies the flag for Armed Forces Day parade

Lord Provost Donald Wilson recieves the flag from Veteran Tom Douglas. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Lord Provost Donald Wilson recieves the flag from Veteran Tom Douglas. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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A MILITARY parade will march through the city tomorrow as residents line the streets to honour servicemen and women.

Serving troops will join veterans and supporters for Saturday’s Armed Forces Day event, culminating in an afternoon of live music.

And organisers expect up to 500 people to make their way from Johnston Terrace via Candlemaker Row to West Princes Street Gardens.

Highlights include a welcome from Lord Provost Donald Wilson and a flashback to the 1940s with retro dance troupe The Kennedy Cupcakes.

There will be performances from a traditional Scots military band and Legion Scotland sweetheart Amy Hawthorn plus ska music from the Pork Pie Band.

Earlier this week the Armed Forces Day flag was presented to the Lord Provost and raised above the City Chambers to honour serving men and women past, present and future. The flag will remain in place until after the weekend.

Councillor Wilson said: “This city has a long and proud tradition of supporting the Armed Forces and our veterans.

“Holding a day in their honour provides us with an opportunity to do all we can to thank them for all they do to keep us safe.

“This year’s celebrations promise a great day out and the perfect opportunity for Edinburgh residents to show their support of serving troops, service families, veterans and cadets.”

Kevin Gray MM, CEO, at the Royal British Legion Scotland, added: “As Scotland’s largest ex-service membership charity, providing essential well-being and befriending services to veterans whether they left service yesterday or 50 years ago, we know just how important Armed Forces Day is.

“By offering local communities a chance to not only show their support but find out more about life in the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, the day provides a real morale boost to everyone involved with the Armed Forces.

“It also helps reinforce the important role the Armed Forces play in our society.

“We’re delighted to be part of Edinburgh’s day and other similar events taking place. I am sure that Armed Forces Day events throughout Scotland will be huge successes.”

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.

The celebrations take place across the UK with National Armed Forces Day celebrations in Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire.

john.connell@jpress.co.uk