Local MP, Iain Duncan Smith, who once served with the Scots Guards joined the 9th Chingford Armed Forces Day and Parade celebrations with local Conservative Councillors on Saturday 30th June, to show appreciation of the work of the Armed Forces. During the day’s busy celebrations, the event featured a march from Chingford Plains down to the Green, displays and military vehicles and a fete with featured stalls, children’s rides and an evening tea dance in the Assembly Hall.
The event was held as part of Armed Forces Day, the annual national campaign that gives everyone the opportunity to show their support for the men and women of the Armed Forces past and present, including currently serving troops, Service families, Reservists, veterans and cadets.
Iain Duncan Smith MP for Chingford and Woodford Green said:
“Our Armed Forces defend our country and its interests. This year, 100 years ago saw the end of the First World War. Britain and what we now call the Commonwealth lost nearly one million service men and women, with many, many more wounded. They died to ensure we could live our lives in freedom and hope. In wars and lesser conflicts our armed Forces have held the line against tyranny and oppression ever since. This 9th Chingford Armed forces day is our way to show our gratitude and support for those serving today as we remember the enormous sacrifices of past generations. It is also an opportunity to pledge ourselves anew to support them in any way we can as they continue to put their lives on the line for all of us, to repay the debt we all owe to them for their incredible service”