In 2008 the Government published a response to the Report of Inquiry into National Recognition of our Armed Forces. In this document a series of recommendations were put forward to increase public engagement with the military in order to build a positive perception of the Armed Forces and by extension the wars they fight.
The 40 recommendations included; the wider use of uniforms in public, open days, an increased number of combined cadet forces in comprehensive schools and the creation of an Armed Forces Day.
Veterans Day had been launched in 2006 by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, he said the aim was to ensure that the contribution of veterans was never forgotten. It was decided to change the name to Armed Forces Day for 2009 and broaden the scope to raise awareness and appreciation for those on active duty.
The purpose of Armed Forces Day is to build a positive perception of the Armed Forces and by extension the wars they fight.
This year on Armed Forces Day VFP UK will be holding an event in York. We aim to give the public an honest insight into military life and war. Members of the public and members of VFP from around the country are encouraged to attend.
Veterans For Peace UK is an ex-services organisation of men and women. Collectively we have served in every conflict that Britain has fought in since WW2. We say; War is not the solution to the problems we face in the 21st century.