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York celebrates national Armed Forces Day

Published Wednesday, 24 June 2020

City of York Council is joining partners across the city and the UK, to celebrate the work of our Armed Forces this week.

National Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June, gives individuals and organisations up and down the country the opportunity to celebrate the work of our Armed Forces and veterans. The work of reservists – people who balance civilian life with a military career - is also being recognised on Wednesday, 24 June, through Reserves Day.

Coinciding with Armed Forces Day and Reserves Day, the council has published York’s first Armed Forces Community Information and Directory of Support. This resource provides serving armed forces personnel, their families, reservists and veterans, with the details of help and support available from a wide range of organisations locally and nationally.

The national Armed Forces Day flag is being flown above York’s iconic Mansion House as part of the city’s celebrations.

City of York Council is committed to working across the city to support its armed forces community. Last year, the council was awarded the Gold Award in the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme for its work to support council staff who are reservists or cadet force volunteers, as well as veterans and their spouses who apply for job interviews. The authority is one of only a handful of employers in the whole of the Yorkshire and Humber region to have won the award.

Councillor Keith Aspden, Armed Forces Champion and Leader of City of York Council, said:

“We are incredibly proud of York’s reservists, armed forces personnel and veterans; Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to say our thanks as a city for all their work.

"Especially through the Coronavirus pandemic, the work of both reservists and our Armed Forces has been invaluable in bolstering the supply chains of vital equipment and ensuring our testing capacity was increased locally. I hope that our new directory will go some way to helping members of our Armed Forces community in the city, as well as providing additional support to those moving to our area.

I look forward to continuing to work with partners across the region, through the Armed Forces Covenant, to ensure our forces personnel and their families have access to the high quality employment, education, health and housing opportunities that they deserve. This is truly the best way we can thank them for the service they provide us."

Get further information on the Armed Forces Covenant.