Saturday 30th June marks the 10th 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 with an event at Valence House, and in Havering with the Armed Forces Day parade. This year Jon Cruddas MP will be attending the Havering parade.

The object of this day is to raise public awareness and show national support for the contribution made to our country by those who serve in the Armed Forces. It is not only a tribute to current serving members but also a time to remember and pay tribute to the service men and women of the past and service families.

The National Event is taking place in Guildford this weekend, and there are numerous other events taking place up and down the country.

The local Council is proud to show its support for Armed Forces Day 2013, and will be doing so in a number of ways this year, including a community event at Valence House Museum on the day itself.