A report to councilors states: “The proximity of both venues to open water is a great asset to this event and allows full participation from all departments as well as land, water and air activities.”
Previously, the local authority held Armed Forces Day in June 2016 at Antrim Castle Gardens and Antrim Stadium.
It is organized by the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association in Northern Ireland (RFCA NI). Each year the event is held in the UK to celebrate the service of personnel in the British Armed Forces past and present.
Proposing that Antrim and Newtownabbey submit a bid at a borough council meeting on Monday evening, Ulster Airport trade unionist Alderman Paul Michael BEM said: “This is one more a great opportunity to see the support they have.”
Macedon Ulster Unionist councilor Robert Foster said he was “pleased to support” the proposal.
“It’s a great honor if we can get this again, Armed Forces Day is a big event. I am very happy with this progress.
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In June 2021, Mid and East Antrim hosted Armed Forces Day celebrations in Carrickfergus where the flag was hoisted in a civic ceremony by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Co Antrim, David McCorkell, in the presence of representatives armed forces. An afternoon of ‘socially distanced’ activities included an RAF Red Arrows display.
Michelle Weir, Local Democracy Journalist
. council proposes to host day of the armed forces in the parks Newtownabbey