In a tribute to the Armed Forces, cadets services, veterans, and their families, the London Borough of Barnet commemorated Armed Forces Day (24 June) with a spectacular parade held in partnership with the RAF Museum.
The event, attended by esteemed guests and dignitaries including The Worshipful Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Nagus Narenthira, and Representative Deputy Lieutenant, Martin Russell, saw the borough come together to pay tribute to the dedication and sacrifice of both current and past servicemen and women.
Speaking about the occasion, The Worshipful Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Nagus Narenthira, expressed his delight in partnering with the RAF Museum, highlighting Barnet’s deep connection to the armed forces. He stated, “This day is a great opportunity to recognize our service men and women, past and present, for their bravery and dedication to the Forces.”
The ceremony also featured Deputy Lieutenant (DL) awards, honouring exceptional cadets from the Sea Cadet Corps, Combined Cadet Force, Army Cadet Force, and RAF Air Cadets for their outstanding service and commitment.
Adding to the patriotic atmosphere, the North London Military Wives Choir and the RAFAC Band provided captivating musical performances throughout the parade. Participants and guests were further treated to a reception beneath the majestic Lancaster Bomber inside the museum.
Maggie Appleton, CEO of the RAF Museum, expressed her delight in hosting Barnet’s celebration and commemoration of the Armed Forces, emphasising the museum’s role as a national institution with a local heart and global impact. She also called attention to the ongoing strife faced by the people of Ukraine, urging thoughts and prayers for those affected by conflict.
The Barnet parade and flag-raising ceremony were part of a series of events taking place across the country, collectively honouring the courageous men and women who serve and have served in the Armed Forces.