Search is on for Bucks’ veteran of the year

Community and Services leaders celebrate Armed Forces Day launch at Waterside Theatre
Community and Services leaders celebrate Armed Forces Day launch at Waterside Theatre

A campaign to find Bucks’ first ever Veteran of the Year kicked off during the launch of Armed Forces Day at the Waterside Theatre.

More than 100 community and Services leaders sang and waved Union flags on Wednesday to mark the official launch as tickets went on sale to the public for Armed Forces Day.

And Bucks residents were urged to nominate their unsung Armed Forces veteran heroes for outstanding work in the community.

The winner will be crowned at Armed Forces Day on Saturday June 29 at Aylesbury Rugby Club.

The event, organised by Buckinghamshire Lieutenancy, Buckinghamshire County Council and Milton Keynes Council, will be an eight-hour celebration and funday starting at 1pm and closing at 9pm.

It will be packed with air displays, live music, arena events, a funfair, outdoor activities.

Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, said: ‘Armed Forces Day is a great opportunity for residents of the whole county to express gratitude to serving personnel, veterans, volunteer reserves, war widows, cadets and their families.

“I’d urge strong support for our Veteran of the Year campaign to honour the unsung heroes among us.”

At the launch last Wednesday the achievements made through Buckinghamshire’s Armed Forces Covenant, signed by community and Armed Forces leaders from Bucks in July last year, was also highlighted.

The covenant provides support for veterans, particularly in healthcare, helps with school places for Service children who move mid-year and matching skills needed across the county with Service leavers.

Nomination forms for Veteran of the year can be obtained by phoning 01494 510071 or by clicking here, where you can also buy tickets forthe event (they are also available from the theatre and tourist info centre).

Tickets for Armed Forces Day are free for those connected to the forces.