Celebrating Armed Forces Day 2022


08 March 2022
Armed Forces Day convoy from a previous year
Armed Forces Day 2022 will be held on Saturday 25 June. Family friendly events will take place across the country, inviting people to remember their Armed Forces personnel. Discover how you can join in with celebrations & remembrance, in the real world and online.

Saturday 25 June will see communities across the UK hold events to celebrate www.armedforcesday.org.uk. Discover how you can join in and honour the UK’s armed forces today, the veterans and those from the past.

About Armed Forces Day 2022

Armed Forces Day is held annually to remember the work of HM Armed Forces, current, veterans and past. Veterans' Day was first observed in 2006, becoming Armed Forces Day in 2009, and has been celebrated annually since then (bar Covid). This year the Armed Forces Day National Event will be hosted by Scarborough (each year sees a different town or city hold this honour). 

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Find an event near you

Communities across the UK will be holding events to celebrate Armed Forces Day 2022. To find an event near you, click here. In the South East a unique, official  Armed Forces Day Memorial Convoy with up to 60 military vehicles including a special Veterans coach will be driving through Hampshire for example. The convoy will be waved off by HM Queens representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire. Check back at the Family Tree website when we’ll share news of the route of the convoy and the historical significance of the locations that the convoy will be driving through. To find out more about the convoy, see the dedicated Armed Forces Day Memorial Convoy Facebook page. The convoy is supported by Think Ford, the Southern Coop, and the Royal British Legion Riders Branch. While Armed Forces Day is not a charity event, any funds generated will go to support the Royal British Legion.

Keep up with Armed Forces Day news on social media: #Saluteourforces

About the Family Tree ‘Trace your military ancestors’ competitions

To help to celebrate Armed Forces Day 2022, Family Tree magazine is organising two competitions. Competition 1 is now closed, but you can enter Competition 2.

Question: What day is VE Day?

A) 5th May 1945

B) 8th May 1945

C) 11th November 1945

Simply email your answer to [email protected] or post it to Family Tree, The Maltings, West Street, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 9PH

About the prizes

Prizes for the Family Tree ‘Trace Your Military Ancestors’ competitions include:

Competition 1 prizes

  • Tickets for 2! Free for 2 people on a hot air balloon flight on a weekday morning from Hampshire courtesy AdventureBalloons.co.uk (as part of a group flight for 16, click the link for T&Cs)
  • Take your seats! 2 honoured seats in the convoy – experience the Armed Forces Day convoy of vintage military vehicles first hand (click the link for T&Cs)
  • Runner-up prize: an annual digital subscription to Family Tree magazine.

Competition 2 prizes

  • Family Tree military research package! You choose a family hero or heroine, we will trace their story for you and publish it in a future issue of Family Tree magazine
  • Visit Bletchley Park: Free Bletchley Park Annual Family Pass.
  • Runner-up prize: an annual digital subscription to Family Tree magazine.

About Bletchley Park

Visitors to the iconic Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire can discover the incredible achievements of Britain’s World War Two codebreakers, in the very place where they worked. Open daily, immersive exhibitions around the site explain Bletchley Park’s important, top-secret wartime role – from cinematic experiences like the D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion exhibition, to the restored codebreaking huts and Victorian Mansion, where the early days of the codebreaking work come to life. Bletchley Park’s largest ever exhibition space will be opening in late April 2022. Visit the Bletchley Park website to plan your visit today.

Lucky Dip prize

Free Mustang motoring! Complimentary usage of an electric Ford Mustang Mach E for a weekend, courtesy ThinkFord. Lucky dip prize will be drawn by the editor on 25 June (click the link for T&Cs)

Get your entries in by...

Second competition – opens 27th April, closes 23rd June. Winners announced 24th June 2022.

Lucky dip competition - Lucky dip prize will be drawn by the editor on 27th June 2002.

Winners will be picked by the editor of Family Tree magazine and announced on the Family Tree website. Winners will be notified by email.

Get a free Family Tree Military Check List & Guide

Sign up the the Family Tree free enewsletter and you will receive a free Family Tree Military Check List & Guide: simply click here.

Competition T&Cs

Competition 1 will be drawn on 28 April 2022; Competition 2 will be drawn on 24 June 2022; Lucky Dip Competition will be drawn on 27 June. No cash alternatives. Editor's decision is final. For competition T&Cs specific to some of the prizes, please see the links cited with the prizes above.