At the end of June every year, the nation usually comes together to mark Armed Forces Day, recognising and honouring those who serve, who have served and their families that support them. There is usually a celebratory parade through Leicester City centre and a service of thanksgiving at Leicester Cathedral. Unfortunately, with the outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent social distancing measures, Armed Forces Day on 27th June 2020 had to look a little different!
The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, along with the City and County Council, asked people to come together and show their support for the Armed Forces with the #SaluteOurForces campaign. Photos of people from across the City and County saluting, including players from Leicester City, Leicester Riders and Leicester Tigers as well as representatives from the National Space Centre and Bradgate Park - to name just a few, were submitted and uploaded to the online album! We can also include our wonderful school and amazing children to this illustrious list of #SaluteOurForces supporters, who have shown their respect and admiration for the Armed Forces, who do so much to protect us and have played a vital role in the response to coronavirus.
Below we have put together a St Mary's montage of all of the children who were involved in the saluting. You can also view it on the County’s ‘virtual parade’ which you can visit here;