Liverpool will commemorate Armed Forces Week with a series of events culminating in a special service and the display of a quilt made by war widows.
The commemorative events will begin on Monday, June 19, with the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr. Mary Rasmussen, raising the Armed Forces Week flag from Liverpool Town Hall.
The flag-raising ceremony will be preceded by a civic reception with senior representatives from the Armed Forces, Merchant Navy, and Royal British Legion.
During the week, the Lord Mayor will host a civic reception at the Town Hall for reservists, veterans, and Liverpool City Council staff who volunteer with the cadets.
War Widows Quilt exhibition – Saturday 24 June
St George’s Hall will hold a special, free exhibition of the War Widows Quilt from 10am – 4pm.
Made by over 90 war widows and their families from over fifty armed forces shirts, the War Widows Quilt is a beautiful, moving piece of art that tells stories of love, loss, grief and survival, and shines a much-needed light on the lives of war widows in the UK, past and present. A drinks reception will be held from 4.30-6pm, with tickets available here.
The event will be accompanied by the publication of a new edition of the War Widows Quilt exhibition book, which reveals what lies behind each of the Quilt’s patches, its making, and introduces the many life stories recorded by the project. The book will be available to visitors in return for a donation to the War Widows Association (WWA).
The quilt making was part of the War Widows’ Stories project, which has been funded by Liverpool John Moores University, the Arts & Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England, the British Academy, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Armed Forces Day Service and Parade – Saturday 24 June
The city’s annual service, for invited guests, will be held at Liverpool Parish Church, Our Lady and St Nicholas, followed by a parade to the Royal Albert Dock.
The service will start at 10.30am and the parade involving the band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, veterans and cadets, will leave the church at 11.15am, ending at 11.45am.
A rolling roadblock will be in place whilst the parade proceeds down Chapel Street and then along The Strand towards the Royal Albert Dock.
The Town Hall and St George’s Hall will also be lit red, white and blue on the evening of Saturday 24 June.
Lord Mayor, Cllr Mary Rasmussen, said:
“Liverpool has had a long association with the Armed Forces and we are proud to mark the contribution that current and past service personnel make to the safety and security of countries around the world.
“Armed Forces Week is an opportunity to thank the individuals who put their lives on the line to protect others, often sacrificing time with friends and family to spend long periods on duty across the globe.
“We owe them all a debt of gratitude for the personal sacrifices they make in order to make the world a safer place for us all.”