Colin Smyth MSP
Colin Smyth MSP

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has paid tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces, as the country prepares to celebrate Armed Forces Day (25 June).

Covid-19 restrictions have meant large events were not possible the past couple of years, but the local MSP is hoping people take the opportunity this year to show their support.

On Saturday an Armed Forces Day Parade will take place from 11.40am until 12.30pm in Dumfries Town Centre. The Parade will be led by members of Dumfries Town and Pipe Bands, followed by representatives of our retired and serving Armed Forces personnel and by members of our local Cadet Units.

Colin Smyth said: “For the past couple of years Covid restrictions have curtailed Armed Forces Day celebrations but I hope that this year, people will consider showing their support by attending the parade on Saturday.

“It is so important we show our support for the men and women of our Armed Forces community, from serving troops and reservists, to their families, to our veterans and cadets.  

“Arguably it’s more important than ever because as well as continuing to protect our nation, our Navy, Army and Air Force once again stepped up to mark during the recent Covid crisis.

“In 2020 they helped build the Nightingale hospitals, they helped with mobile testing and vaccination units, supporting ambulance services, delivering PPE and providing expert planning advice.”

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