Joining in the celebrations during Armed Forces Week
(image source: ©UK MOD Crown Copyright 2020)
In normal circumstances, Armed Forces Week is a chance for the nation to get together to celebrate and give back. This year, the celebrations for our Armed Forces will continue a little differently, in virtual form.
Launching on 22 June, activities and celebrations will take place online including; virtual dog shows, an afternoon tea party, and you can hear from the children of members currently serving Armed Forces. Additionally, you can find several local events that you can attend following the Government guidelines here.
Throughout the week, there will be a specific focus on a different group of people each day. Here’s what you can expect:
- Mon 22: Launch and Global Armed Forces
- Tue 23: Innovation
- Wed 24: Reserves
- Thu 25: Veterans
- Fri 26: Cadets
- Sat 27: Armed Forces Day
Innovative Alliance will be showing their support throughout the week and getting involved with the #SupportOurForces campaign. Meanwhile, members of staff, including those who are ex-forces, will also be sharing photographs saluting across social media. You can join in the fun and follow them on twitter @IATraining_Liv.
The Bigger Picture – Armed Forces Week
Nonetheless, Armed Forces Day is only part of the bigger picture when it comes to showing support. Back in March 2020, Innovative Alliance joined the several businesses, charities, cadet forces and other communities who have shown their commitment by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, in that they and their families, will be treated fairly, and will have access to the same government and commercial services as any other citizen.
Both the Covenant and Armed Forces Day helps to drive recognition as to the sacrifices that serving members and their families have made, and provides an opportunity to say thank you whilst reminding people about what the Armed Forces do.
In addition to signing the Covenant, Innovative Alliance were welcomed onboard HMS Prince of Wales whilst stationed in Liverpool earlier this year, to receive a Bronze Award under the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. Commodore (Cdre) Phil Waterhouse ADC, Naval Commander Northern England and Isle of Man, presented the award.
Ian Green, CEO of Innovative Alliance said;
“It was an honour to receive the award on behalf of the company. Supporting the Armed Forces is something my team and I are very passionate about and to have this recognised in such an incredible environment with employers who share our passion, has been the highlight of 2020 so far.”
Innovative Alliance will continue to show their support to our Armed Forces and look forward to an exciting week of online activities and events this Armed Forces Day.