As part of the Calderdale celebrations for national Armed Forces Day, Bankfield Museum in Halifax is set to host an exciting and free family fun day on Saturday, 24 June. This annual national event aims to show support for the men and women of the Armed Forces, including currently serving troops, service families, reservists, veterans, and cadets.
From 10 am to 4 pm, visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities and events at Bankfield Museum. Historical re-enactors will captivate audiences with their demonstrations, taking spectators on a journey from the American Revolutionary War to the First World War. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to explore an impressive display of modern-day weapons and vehicles courtesy of the Royal Yorkshire Regiment. For those eager to experience military life firsthand, there will be military kit available to try on. Furthermore, informative talks on the life of a soldier throughout the ages will be presented, offering fascinating insights. Children can participate in engaging craft activities tailored to their interests.
Bankfield Museum not only offers an array of exciting events but also boasts captivating exhibitions, including the Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum. This exhibition tells the illustrious story of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, tracing its history from its establishment in 1702 as the 33rd Foot to its integration into the Yorkshire Regiment in 2006.
In addition to the festivities at Bankfield Museum, Calderdale Council will be proudly flying the Armed Forces Flag at Halifax Town Hall starting from Friday, 23 June, throughout the following week. The Council’s support for Armed Forces personnel extends beyond this celebration, as it maintains its commitment through the Armed Forces Community Covenant. This initiative offers guidance, assistance, and even discounts on goods and services.
Expressing her thoughts on the significance of Armed Forces Day, Cllr Jenny Lynn, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, emphasized the event’s importance in honouring those who have served and continue to serve. She also highlighted the Council’s ongoing commitment to supporting service men and women and their families through the Armed Forces Community Covenant.
The Armed Forces Day event at Bankfield Museum on Saturday, 24 June promises to be an educational and enjoyable experience for all. For more information about the event, including timings and activities, interested individuals can visit the official website at https://museums.calderdale.gov.uk/whats-on/events/armed-forces-day-2023.