Armed Forces Day is about fuelling support for war and everyday militarism. It has little or nothing to do with providing help for veterans, who need a decent welfare state, not a celebration of militarism.
Thankfully, Armed Forces Day will not go unchallenged. The Peace Pledge Union is working with other anti-militarist groups to support local protests and other events
It remains unclear how many Armed Forces Day events will be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Armed Forces Day National Event, planned this year for Scarborough, has now been cancelled. However, the government is still calling for people to celebrate Armed Forces Day from their homes, with online messages. The Peace Pledge Union will be challenging this with alternative messages.
If you are organising a protest, vigil or other event in your area, or have ideas or suggestions for challenging Armed Forces Day online, please contact the PPU at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7424 9444.