Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from those currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. The event is held annually both in UK and in Spain.
This year the event will take place on Saturday 25 June in Torrevieja, at the Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, by the side of the town hall.
The service will start at 3pm, and will be conducted by Father Richard Seabrook. He will be assisted by the parish priest, Father Pedro Paya Gimenez.
Entry into the church will be available 20 minutes prior to the service.
It will be preceded at 2.45 pm by a parade and march, the short distance to the cathedral from Plaza Vistalegre, about 500 metres, and led, as always, by the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums. The parade will further comprise of the Standards of the RBL Spain District North, RAFA, RNA, RMA, British and Spanish military veterans and serving members of the armed forces and security services here in Spain.
The 45-minute celebration in the church will get underway on the arrival of the standards at 3.00pm. It will be a joint denominational service of readings and hymns conducted in English and Spanish with musical and choral accompaniment by the Royal British Legion Band in Spain, the Crescendo International Choir and Stevie Spit BEM. The readings, in English and Spanish, will be delivered by invited guests.
Fourteen Branches from across District North will attend the event many of which will display their standards as they march at the head of the parade, along the Calle Concepcion, and into the church.
As well as representation from the RBL there will also be a number of serving members and veterans of the Spanish Armed Forces and of the Spanish Security Services, the National Police, Guardia Civil and the Local Police in attendance.
Once again, this will be a very special occasion and the organisers would be delighted to see as many people as possible in attendance. It is open to anyone, service or civilian, so why not go along and pay your respects to our Veterans and the Armed Forces for, in many cases, their lifetimes of service.