Giving a salute to Armed Forces Day

Photos by Martin McLellan
Photos by Martin McLellan

Thousands flocked to Rouken Glen Park on Saturday to mark the annual Armed Forces Day celebrations.

Visitors were welcomed by provost Alastair Carmichael, followed by the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag at the park pavilion.

From there, more than 150 veterans, reservists, cadets and serving soldiers marched to the events after for an afternoon of military-themed fun, including the Highland and Lowland Regiment Band performing, military vehicles, assault courses and climbing wall, a mountain bike display crew, military costumes, birds of prey and the Gillian Anderson dance school, from Barrhead.

Provost Carmichael said: “I was absolutely delighted to be back at Armed Forces Day.

“It was great to see people come out in such numbers to join in the event and I’m sure everyone had a wonderful time whilst showing support towards our armed forces.”

Glasgow marked the occasion this week too, with the flag being flown from city chambers on Monday morning.

The Glasgow event takes place at George Square on Saturday (June 27). There, lord provost Sadie Docherty will welcome veterans, serving officers and visitors for the annual parade and family activities.

She said: “Glasgow’s Armed Forces Day is always a wonderful occasion. This city takes great pride in supporting its military personnel and veterans.

“Each year the city puts on a great show. We’re delighted to take the opportunity to welcome our armed forces and their families to Glasgow for a special celebration and to express our gratitude for their service and bravery.”