Armed Forces Day 2020
We organised activities in honour of Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June 2020. Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for us and residents to show gratitude and appreciation for the men and women who make up the armed forces community - from current serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets. Find out more about Armed Forces Day.
Last year we hosted an Armed Forces Day event in Gadebridge Park, which attracted more than 3,000 people. As we were unable to hold the event in the park this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we marked the occasion by raising a flag over The Forum in Hemel Hempstead and by highlighting three local supporters of Armed Forces Day:
Jamie Hull, formerly from Berkhamsted, is an adventurer, former British Army Reservist and motivational speaker. He was 32 when his life changed dramatically. He was training to be a pilot in the USA when his engine caught fire during a training flight, with the cockpit on fire and his plane rapidly descending towards the ground. He knew that saving his life required coolness of thought, swiftness of action, bravery and a lot of luck.
After more than 60 operations he has rebuilt his life - taking on challenges for Help for Heroes. His story and strength of character are an inspiration to those who hear him speak. He is preparing his autobiography, which should be in book shops soon.
Volunteer Sue Rose, who has won a Mayor's Award for her volunteering, has been the Poppy Appeal Organiser of the Hemel Hempstead Branch of The Royal British Legion for 23 years. She is also the Branch Chairman. The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support to serving and ex-service personnel and their families. The Hemel Hempstead branch has supported the Dacorum Armed Forces Day events every year, raising much needed funds for the Poppy Appeal.
Chris Richards is a Standard Bearer for the Royal British Legion for Berkhamsted and Tring. He has distributed poppies for 50 years and last year made £3,000 in donations. Chris served with the Kings’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. He attended GP90 at Ypres in Belgium in 2018 and regularly attends the memorial services at the Royal Albert Hall.
Photo credits: Adam Hollier
Events in Dacorum
We raised a flag at The Forum in Hemel Hempstead on 22 June. This flew over The Forum all week in the lead-up to Armed Forces Day. We also marked Reserves Day on Wednesday 24 June.
Many cadets in Dacorum (like Maisie, pictured) were camping in their gardens during Armed Forces Week, while Hemel Yarn Bombers created post box toppers to celebrate.
Hertfordshire Community Covenant
We signed the Hertfordshire Community Covenant to demonstrate our commitment to providing our Armed Forces affiliated residents with guidance and support. For more information, visit our Supporting the Armed Forces page.
Supporting good causes
The Dacorum Armed Forces Day event not only helps raise awareness of the Armed Forces but also raises awareness and funds for good causes. Below is a list of of organisations that attended the Dacorum Armed Forces Day event in 2019 - if you can support them please do, as many local organisations are finding it difficult to raise funds without their usual fundraising events.