Armed Forces Day celebration in June

Armed Forces Day flag in front of St Denys church in Sleaford

Former Service personnel who have not yet received their Veterans Badge are invited to step forward to receive it at a celebration in June. Veterans across North Kesteven are encouraged to apply to receive their badge in recognition of their Military Service, be it of any length and duration, across any of the UK Armed Services or the Merchant Navy and at any time.

In the main, people leaving Service now receive their badges automatically, but there are many whose service ended prior to this, for whom the badge is a new thing.

These are the people the District Council seeks to honour every year with a lunch and badge presentation ceremony. This year this will be held on Monday, 19 June in Sleaford where there will also be a reflection on ‘Saluting our Armed Forces past, present and future’.

District veterans of any length or type of service wishing to apply for a badge to be presented - or anyone acting on their behalf - can email or call the Council’s Partnerships Team on: 01529 414155. Nominations should ideally be made by 19 May 2023.

To speed the application process, it is preferable to have as much information as possible, such as service number, period of service and force served in: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Merchant Navy, volunteer or regular reserves.

Working alongside Sleaford Town Council, veterans’ organisations and local RAF bases, North Kesteven District Council seeks to honour and respect those who have contributed to the life and security of the Nation and our global partners through their Service; and who continue to give so much to the wider community of North Kesteven today.

All businesses are encouraged to decorate their windows in keeping with the Armed Forces Day theme in June and you may find that many offer discounts to veterans. Businesses can notify NKDC of their offers and indicate their intent to decorate their windows for Armed Forces Day by emailing

The Armed Forces Day Flag will be raised at 10.30am on Monday 19 June at St Denys’ Church in Sleaford Market Place. All are welcome to join with Civic representatives, current Service personnel across the Armed Forces and veterans for a short act of commemoration and commitment. Please arrive by 10.15am. Proceedings will be concluded by 11am. 

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