Armed Forces Day 2014: Manchester to honour and celebrate soldiers ahead of WWI centenary

The sacrifice Manchester’s service men and women have made is to be celebrated on the 100th anniversary of the Great War for Armed Forces Day 2014 this weekend.

The family friendly event comes ahead of the 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered World War One, which continued until November 11 1918.

Service personnel and their families will be joined by people from across the city in Piccadilly Gardens on Saturday June 28.

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Sue Cooley, said: “This is a family day that gives everyone the chance to show their gratitude and respect to members of the Armed Forces, both past and present.

“It’s also a chance to show solidarity to Mancunians whose loved ones have been involved in conflict.”

Actors throughout the day will show audiences what life was like in the trenches for soldiers fighting on the front line by hosting a series of talks while dressed up in military uniforms.

Visitors will also be able to watch a light gun display, enjoy food and drink as well as walk around a display of the Jet Provost cockpit used by the RAF.

Outdoor fitness company, British Military Fitness, will be on hand providing taster sessions of their classes led by ex or serving members of the armed forces.

Face painting and climbing walls will also be a main feature at the event.

To kick-off the remembrance celebrations, there will be a Veteran’s Static Parade of Standards as well as music and live performances from the Lancashire Artillery Band.

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Image via Manchester City Council, with thanks

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