Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is encouraging constituents to get involved with Armed Forces Day remotely this year.
As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak and social distancing, the usual celebrations – including the Tameside events in Denton – are not taking place as usual.
There are, however, a range of virtual celebrations. Tameside Council are taking the event online, whilst Stockport Council is encouraging residents to join national virtual events.
Armed Forces Day was introduced by the previous Labour Government 14 years ago as a chance for people to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.
To mark the 14th anniversary, Labour Leader Keir Starmer has thrown his support behind the relaunch of a renewed Labour Friends of Forces (LFF).
With a new offer to members, fresh mission statement and support from the Labour leader, LFF has set out how exactly it will create an effective forum for bolstering the party’s connection with the forces community and winning back the public’s faith Labour’s stance on defence.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Armed Forces Day celebrations are always a highlight for me every year and it’s a shame that the Coronavirus crisis is preventing them from taking place as usual. It’s a brilliant opportunity to celebrate our fantastic forces community.
“I would, however, encourage everyone to look at how they can take part in celebrations remotely this year. Hopefully next year the celebrations will be back to normal.
“I also warmly welcome the relaunch of Labour Friends of Forces. It’s really important that we, as a party, rebuild our connection with the forces community.”