Merton’s annual armed forces day parade will take place on Saturday 27 June 2015 as the borough joins together to honour those serving the country.
Armed Forces Day will start at 9.45am with a dedication service led by the Chaplin of the Royal British Legion at the war memorial outside of the Civic Centre. The parade will then leave shortly after this at 10am from Abbotsbury Road, turning into London Road. The procession will pass the Civic Centre arriving at St Lawrence Church for 10.45am where a multi-faith service will take place led by the Reverend David Heath-Whyte.
At the service, the Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Chung will raise the Union Flag with the Queen’s Deputy Lieutenant for Merton, Clare Whelan OBE. Representatives from the Royal British Legion, Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh, Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond, Leader of the council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis and other local councillors across Merton will be present.
Members of the Royal British Legion, Army Cadets, the Territorial Army, the Scouts, TS Trafalgar, TS Hood, the Gurkhas ,Bugelers, Police cadets and the Wimbledon and Wandle Scout Band will all be attending, paying their respects to the armed forces in the UK and overseas.
Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Chung said, “Armed Forces Day is one way in which the community recognises and shows its appreciation for those who serve to protect our country. I look forward to being involved in this year’s event and meeting some of our local cadets.”
Merton’s cabinet member for children’s services and organiser of the parade, Councillor Maxi Martin said, “I would encourage all residents who are free on Saturday 27 June to come and join us in showing our appreciation for those serving the country. Our residents and all those taking part in the parade always make this a successful event in our civic calendar.”