Armed Forces Day Celebrated In Dorset
10:53am 21st June 2014
Dorset is set for a week of fun and excitement to mark Armed Forces Day.
Thousands of veterans, residents and visitors are expected to attend a packed programme of events, set to run from the 21st-27st June.
The events will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.
Weymouth will host a seafront veterans parade today, along with a beach assault and bridge building exercise.
An historic World War Two Spitfire will make a flypast and marching bands will perform on the seafront.
A convoy of military vehicles will make the journey from Weymouth Esplanade to Castletown on the Isle of Portland, where visitors will be taken back to the 1940s with period displays and live music from 'The Decadettes.'
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has been given a grant of £10,000 by the Ministry of Defence to support the week of celebrations.
Councillor Rachel Rogers, one of the main organisers of the event, spoke of how important it was to make sure veterans were properly commemorated in a big year for the Armed Forces.
'We thought we'd hold something particular on Portland to give children the experience of some of the things their grandparents did, but also something that visitors would like to come and see as well.'
The village of Broadmayne has also transformed this weekend's summer fete into a special D-Day celebration, to mark the Armed Forces occasion and 70th anniversary of the invasion.