Video Message by Prime Minister Theresa May on Armed Forces Day
29 June 2019
Earlier this month, I had the honour of meeting with some incredible veterans as they returned to the beaches of Normandy 75 years after they saved the world from the grip of fascism.
While in Portsmouth, I visited our nation’s future flagship, the magnificent HMS Queen Elizabeth, as she prepares to protect our interests around the world on her first deployment.
And, just last week, I watched with the rest of the nation as the RAF and Army worked tirelessly to save lives and homes from rising waters in Lincolnshire.
Together, these scenes are a very real reminder of the debt we all owe to the wonderful men and women who serve yesterday, today and tomorrow, at home and across the oceans.
That is why I am proud to mark Armed Forces Day each year. It is an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the contribution made by our Armed Forces; and an opportunity to do something we do not do often enough in the UK: to say thank you to all of you who choose to serve your country – whether Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force, full-time or reserve, the longest-serving veteran or the newest of recruits.
But Armed Forces Day is not just about our brave men and women in uniform. It is also a chance to remember the wider service community. Whether it is children who endure long periods apart from their mothers and fathers, or friends and families who do so much to support loved ones in uniform, you all play a part in making our Armed Forces the best in the world and the pride of our nation.
And all of you deserve both our gratitude and our thanks on Armed Forces Day, and every day.