People and communities

York celebrates Armed Forces Day

Published Monday, 21 June 2021

City of York Council is joining partners across the city and the UK, to celebrate the work of our Armed Forces this week (Saturday 26 June).

Organisations across York will be showing their support for Armed Forces personnel once again this year, offering discounts either on Armed Forces Day, or for the week 21-27 June. Many businesses and attractions offer discounts to serving personnel throughout the year.

The national Armed Forces Day flag will also be flown above York’s iconic Mansion House throughout the week as part of the city’s celebrations.

City of York Council is committed to working across the city to support its armed forces community, setting out its support through the Armed Forces Covenant - a promise to ensure the fair treatment of those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their family members. It focuses on helping members of the Armed Forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.

The council also publishes an Armed Forces Community Information and Directory of Support, which 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.

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

York is proud of its military history and of our armed forces personnel, veterans and reservists. Armed Forces Day gives us all an opportunity to say our thanks for all their work, including their most recent efforts in the fight against coronavirus.

“We will continue to work with partners to ensure our forces personnel and their families have access to high quality employment, education, health and housing opportunities that they deserve as our way of thanking them for their ongoing work.”