Saturday 29th June marks the 11th annual Armed Forces Day. 

Dagenham and Rainham has a long and proud service history, and this year the day will be marked in Barking and Dagenham by the Barking Royal British Legion and a fundraiser for the charity Help for Heroes, and in Havering with the annual Armed Forces Day parade. 

Jon Cruddas MP said: “This day gets bigger every year and I am glad that communities come out to celebrate the valuable contribution our armed forces make to this country. It is an opportunity to say thank you to all our service men and women at home and overseas who do a tough job on our behalf. My dad was in the Navy for 27 years and we were brought up to honour those who served. Armed Forces Day is an important time for the nation to recognise the bravery our armed forces.”

Barking and Dagenham along with Havering signed an Armed Forces Covenant back in 2012. Since then Barking and Dagenham Council now prioritise veterans access to housing upon returning to civilian life, and many local businesses in the borough have signed up to a pledge which ensures an interview for all ex-service men and women seeking employment.

Across both boroughs’ roads are also named after fallen soldiers.

You can find all the events near you across Barking and Dagenham and Havering by visiting the Armed Forced Day website and entering your postcode.

Click HERE to find local events.