Blog of @AndyKinsey,
Labour Councillor for Hyde Werneth.
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On 28 June 1914, in Sarajevo, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated. It was a murder which led to the ourbreak of war five weeks later, the First World War.
Today, 100 years later from the outbreak of WW1, on this Armed Forces Day, we must commemorate those who have fallen in our names and show our gratitude to our armed forces who are today serving this country.
Unlike Remembrance Sunday, which is a time for reflection and solemnity, Armed Forces Day is a day of celebration - recognising and explaining the work which today’s Armed Forces do in some of the most dangerous situations possible to keep everyone in this country safe.
So it is with this, and the memory of the thousands of Tameside men and women who have served this country, that today we will celebrate Armed Forces Day 2014. There will be events at Victoria Park, Denton, beginning with a short service of remembrance at the war memorial at 11, with a huge variety of free family-friendly activities and stalls around the band stand from 1pm - there will also be live music. Today’s events have been organised by the Ministry of Defence and Tameside Council.
Finally, There will also be a chance to see Joey, from the National Theatre’s production of “War Horse”, who will oversee the awarding of the Veterans Badge to WO2 Andrew Headen (103 Regiment, Royal Artillery) who has been in the army for 22 years.
Image via Tameside.gov.uk