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News and events celebrating the armed forces

Welcome to the new section dedicated to events celebrating the armed forces around the county.

Armed Forces Day 2018

A chance to show our support for the whole of the armed forces community

Armed Forces Day is an annual event celebrated in late June to commemorate the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces. It is a chance for everyone to show their support for the men and women who serve in the armed forces community; everyone from troops currently on operations to cadets, veterans and the families of servicemen and women.

This year Armed Forces Day will be held on Saturday 30 June 2018 and there are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, from attending an event to throwing a party or local event.

Further details about how you can get involved are available on the Armed Forces Day website.

Oxfordshire County Council will be showing its support for the armed forces by hosting a flag raising ceremony led by the Chairman of the Council. This will take place on Monday 25 June 2018 in Oxford.

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Past Events

Armed Forces Day 2017

Armed Forces Day was celebrated on 24 June 2017. Oxfordshire County Council showed its support for the Armed Forces by hosting a flag raising ceremony led by the Chairman of the Council. This took place on 19 June 2017 in Oxford.

The Armed Forces Day flag-raising event brings together senior representatives of the Armed Forces community in Oxfordshire from RAF Brize Norton, RAF Benson, Bicester Garrison, Abingdon Station, 7 Rifles, the Defence Academy, the Royal Navy, Oxford University Officers’ Training Corps, the Royal British Legion, and cadets from across the county.

Local dignitaries who attend the event include the Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council, the Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, the Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, the Lord Mayor of Oxford, and local mayors and councillors.

Celebrating VE Day in Oxfordshire 2015

On 8 May 2015 Oxfordshire County Council marked the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day with the lighting of a Beacon. The event took place at Oxford Castle. Oxfordshire's Lord-Lieutenant Tim Stevenson OBE lit the Beacon.

Banbury Town Council also marked this special day with the lighting of a Beacon in Spiceball Park, Banbury.

Deddington Parish Council also marked this event with the lighting of a Beacon.

Faringdon Town Council hosted a Beacon lighting ceremony at Folly Hill, Faringdon. This event was organised in conjunction with the Royal British Legion, Faringdon Rotary Club, Faringdon Folly Trust and local farmers. The event was open to all members of the public.

Corporate Covenant signing 2014

On 2 September 2014 the county council signed the 'Corporate Covenant' as part of its commitment to provide support for the Armed Forces community – including encouraging employers to take on reservists as part of their workforce.

Council Chairman Anne Purse said: “By recently signing the Corporate Covenant, the council is also highlighting the benefits reservists can bring to local employers – including the council itself which currently employs six reservists. It is clear to see how people who are experts in engineering, communication or logistics, can bring real value to civilian employers.”

If you would like to see further photographs from past events please contact us at Oxfordshire Armed Forces Community Covenant

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23 October 2017
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