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Weymouth Armed Forces

Armed Forces Celebrations

Weymouth will host a three day celebration in support of our Armed Forces, past, present and future over the weekend of Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th and Monday 20th June 2022.

The main events will take place in the prime location on Weymouth Seafront. This year, the festival will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict.

Our Armed Forces and Veterans have made and continue to make a significant contribution to our nation and the Weymouth event will continue to honour, celebrate and provide a focus on the tireless work carried out by all veteran’s associations, individuals and today’s military forces.

With a host of displays and information available during the weekend, veterans and families will be able to discover and receive the support available from the various agencies and organisations. Visitors to the event will be able to learn, appreciate and support the important role played; and recognise the diversity of the Armed Forces, veterans and all service associations.

On the Saturday 18th June, over 60 historic military vehicles will arrive on Weymouth Seafront for an interactive display with the public being able look around the vehicles up close and share stories. The day will also feature music of the era and awareness stands. 

Sunday 19th June is a more formal day with an outdoor service and parade at the Weymouth Cenotaph.  Annually more than 1,500 participants are formed up at the service area, which is hosted by the Mayor of Weymouth with the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset in attendance.

Following the service, the parade of all veterans is lead by the standard bearer’s, followed by the local cadet divisions and historic military vehicles. The seafront route has previously welcomed over 20,000 spectators who give a heart-warming cheer as the parade passes through. Each division is lead along the seafront by a marching band and then these bands undertake performances throughout and after.

If you would like to take part in the service and parade, please complete and return via our registration form, so you can receive all the details regarding the festival weekend and form up for the service.

Monday 20th June, the Mayor of Weymouth will host the Armed Forces Flag Raising Ceremony at the Council Offices on Commercial Road, Weymouth, DT4 8NG.  All welcome. Please arrive no later than 10.15 am with the Ceremony commencing at 10.30 am.  Refreshments are served afterwards in the Council Chamber.

Should you require any further information, please email events@weymouthtowncouncil.gov.uk or send a email via the contact us page.

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