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Jordanstown Loughshore Park Hosts Unforgettable Armed Forces Day 2024

26 Jun 24

Armed Forces Day 2024 at Jordanstown Loughshore Park was a spectacular event, proudly hosted by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. This year, the event was headlined by the world-renowned RAF Red Arrows, marking their only display in Northern Ireland for the year. The Red Arrows’ aerial acrobatics left the thousands of visitors in awe, creating a highlight that will be remembered for years.

The day was filled with an array of military displays, showcasing both modern and historic equipment. From the impressive Royal Logistic Corps trucks to the intricate EOD (bomb squad) robots, attendees had the opportunity to see the tools and technology used by the armed forces. The event also featured stirring performances by the Band of the Royal Marines and the Pipes, Bugles, Drums, and Band of the Royal Irish Regiment, adding a musical backdrop to the day’s festivities.

Support from service charities and veteran organisations was strong, reflecting the community’s respect and appreciation for the armed forces. These organisations set up informative stalls and activities, providing insight into their work and offering support to veterans and their families. The event’s success was evident in the turnout, with thousands of visitors from across the region coming to show their support and enjoy the festivities.

Armed Forces Day in the UK has a rich history, having been established in 2006. Initially known as Veterans’ Day, it was created to honour the men and women who have served in the British Armed Forces. The day was rebranded in 2009 to include a broader celebration of current service members alongside veterans. Held annually in June, Armed Forces Day has grown in significance, becoming a nationwide celebration with events hosted in communities large and small.

The 2024 Armed Forces Day in Jordanstown Loughshore Park was a testament to this tradition, bringing together the community in a vibrant display of support and appreciation for the Armed Forces.

The Red Arrows Armed Forces Day display for Northern Ireland 2024 -Jordanstown Loughshore Park

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