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 29 June 2019

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.

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. 

View a calendar of Oxfordshire Civilian-Military events.

Oxfordshire County Council will be holding a flag raising ceremony in the Castle Courtyard on Monday 24 June to commemorate Armed Forces day.

Past Events

Silent Soldier Silhouette


To mark the centenary of the armistice of World War 1, the Royal British Legion have commissioned a series of silhouettes, that honour the various services in the Armed Forces.


A silhouette of ‘Tommy’, the silent soldier, was erected outside Oxfordshire County Hall in September 2018. The soldier is part of Oxfordshire County Council’s act of remembrance to those who served and sacrificed, and to show support for the valuable work of the Royal British Legion.



Armed Forces Day 2018


Armed Forces Day was celebrated on 30 June 2018. 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 25 June 2018 in Oxford.


The Armed Forces Day flag-raising event brings together senior representatives of the Armed Forces community in Oxfordshire. The event this year saw a parade from representatives of the 3 Regiment Royal Logistic Core in Abingdon. Standard bearers from the Royal British Legion were also in attendance.


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.



Armed Forces Covenant Refresh 2018


In June 2018 Oxfordshire County Council invited a number of other councils and businesses from around Oxfordshire to either sign up to, or refresh their pledges under the updated Armed Forces Covenant. The Armed Forces Covenant is a series of pledges from the community and businesses, to support the Armed Forces Community and their families.


The event was led by the Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, with talks from Col Ian Adkins, and Kate Lole, the South East Regional Director for SERFCA (South East Reserve Forces & Cadets Association). A total of 14 councils and organisations signed up on the day, with more in attendance intending to sign up at a future date.



Human Poppy Picture 2018


Supporting the Oxfordshire Royal British Legion Chair, Lynda Atkins, Oxfordshire County Council organised for a number of children from schools across Oxfordshire to form a human poppy picture.


The children were given red and black ponchos to wear, and the image was captured from the sky, on the base at Abingdon barracks.

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