Dame Mary Fagan, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire and Sir George Young launched Armed Forces Day in Vigo Park in Andover. Sir George said "A lot of people want to show their respect for the Armed Forces, for what they do, for the values they bring to the country and Armed Forces Day in Andover enables us to do just that. I recognise the contribution which the men and women of our Armed Forces have made to our country and on behalf of my constituents I say thank you".
Sir George went on to pay his respect for the serving soldiers, veterans and military families and their service that preserved our democratic freedoms. Dame Mary Fagan then formally declared the day open, and they both thanked the Andover Armed Forces Day team, together with Veterans in Action for masterminding the event.
Saturday opened with the Jacobites Pipe Band, and other attractions included a demonstration by The Sealed Knot, a bridge building race by the Royal Engineers, a dog rescue display and the Tigers Motorcycles. The event concluded on Sunday with the Spitfire Sisters on stage, and the Jersey Boys. "Andover has hosted an Armed Forces Day since 2007, when it was originally known as Veterans Day. In the past, it has attracted up to 8000 people, and is one of the best 'free to enter' events in North Hampshire. I am particularly grateful to Stephen Badby and Johnno Johnson, who were the sole members of the organising committee when they came to see me in February, looking for funding for the event. They have a lot to be proud of, and we are all grateful to them for this event".