Armed forces celebratory and commemorative events

Every year there are a variety of events throughout the year and across the county celebrating Kent’s military heritage and commemorating the service of men and women in our armed forces throughout history.

To mark 100 years since the start of World War 1, a timeline of Kent's residents' first-hand experiences in the First World War was created by volunteers using the archives at the Kent History and Archive Centre.

May 2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion. Find out more on the British Legion website.

The Step Short Memorial, a memorial arch in Folkestone, was opened by Prince Harry in 2014 to remember the millions of men who passed through the Harbour on their way to battle.

Events calendar

If you know about a significant event that is happening, contact civic.office@kent.gov.uk.

DateTime Event details Type of eventContact
18 May 202411:30am

Civic and Freedom of the Borough Parade

County Hall to All Saints Church, Maidstone

PublicMaidstone Borough Council

mayor@maidstone.gov.uk
6 June 20248am to 8:30amD-Day 80 Proclamation

Memorial Gardens, Church Approach, New Romney TN28 8AS
Public

New Romney Town Council

planning.clerk@newromney-tc.gov.uk

6 June 20249am

Raising of the D-Day 80 Flag of Peace

Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford TN23 1PL

PublicDavid Robinson

david.robinson@ashford.gov.uk
6 June 20249amD-Day 80 Flag Raising

Ramsgate
Public

Ramsgate Town Council

town.promoter@ramsgatetc.org.uk

6 June 202411am

D-Day 80 Commemorative Ceremony

Memorial Gardens, Church Road, Ashford TN23 1QG

PublicDavid Robinson

david.robinson@ashford.gov.uk
6 June 202411am

D-Day (NVA)

Garden of Remembrance, Sandgate Road, Folkestone

Public

Georgina Wilson

Georgina.wilson@folkestone-tc.gov.uk

6 June 202411am to 11:30amPoem for Schools - D-Day Heroes

Memorial Gardens (opposite St Nicholas Church), Church Approach, New Romney TN28 8AS
Public

New Romney Town Council

planning.clerk@newromney-tc.gov.uk

6 June 20246pm to 9:30pmD-Day 80 Sandwich

The Quay, Sandwich CT13 9EN
Public

Sandwich Town Council

enquiries@sandwichtowncouncil.gov.uk

6 June 20247:30pm

D-Day 80 Beacon Lighting

Folkestone

Public

Georgia Wilson

georgina.wilson@folkestone-tc.gov.uk

6 June 20247:30pm

D-Day 80 Beacon Lighting

The Greens, Littlestone, New Romney TN28 8QS

Public

New Romney Town Council

planning.clerk@newromney-tc.gov.uk

6 June 20248:45pm to 9:30pm

D-Day 80 Hythe

Marine Parade, Hythe CT21 6AP

Public

Hythe Town Council

terry.reene@hythe-tc.gov.uk

6 June 20249pm to 9:45pm

D-Day 80 Beacon Lighting

By bull structure next to Reims Way (parking in Whitehall Road, Canterbury CT2 8BG)

Public

Canterbury City Council

marsha.whiteway@canterbury.gov.uk

6 June 20249pm to 9:45pm

D-Day 80 Beacon Lighting

By Reculver Drive car park, Herne Bay CT6 6QE

Public

Canterbury City Council

marsha.whiteway@canterbury.gov.uk

6 June 20249pm to 9:45pm

D-Day 80 Beacon Lighting

Tankerton Road, Whitstable

Public

Canterbury City Council

marsha.whiteway@canterbury.gov.uk

6 June 20249:15pm

D-Day 80 Beacon Lighting

Civic Park, Ashford TN24 8DN

PublicDavid Robinson

david.robinson@ashford.gov.uk
6 June 20249:15pmD-Day 80 Beacon Lighting

Ramsgate
Public

Ramsgate Town Council

town.promoter@ramsgatetc.org.uk

6 June 2024To be confirmed

D-Day 80 Swanley

Swanley Recreation Ground

PublicTo be confirmed
7 June 2024-Tommy’s D-Day Trek

Aylesford to Chilham
Register to joinRoyal British Legion

Email to register your interest
natasha.wadhams@rbli.co.uk
8 June 202411amD-Day 80 Ceremony of Remembrance

War Memorial, Tunbridge Wells
PublicRoyal British Legion, Tunbridge Wells
22 June 202411amArmed Forces Day - Hythe

Oaklands, Stade Street, Hythe, Kent CT21 6BG
Public

Hythe Town Council

terry.reene@hythe-tc.gov.uk

24 June 202410amArmed Forces Flag Raising Ceremony

County Hall, Maidstone ME14 1XQ
Public

Civic Office

civic.office@kent.gov.uk

24 June 202410:30am

Armed Forces Day Flag Raising

Jubilee Square, Maidstone

PublicMaidstone Borough Council

mayor@maidstone.gov.uk
28 June 2024-Ride with a Veteran

Aylesford to Ypres
Register to joinRegister your interest on the Royal British Legion website.
29 June 2024To be confirmedArmed Forces Day

The Leas, Folkestone
PublicVicky Deakin

vicky.deakin@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
29 June 20249:45am to 10:15am

Armed Forces Day Flag Raising

Dane John Gardens, Watling Street, Canterbury CT1 2QX

Public-
29 June 202410amD-Day 80

Royal British Legion stand will be situated at Whitefriars Shopping Centre, Canterbury CT1 2TF
Public

Royal British Legion Canterbury Branch

Eric Hern (Vice-Chairman)

hearjen@outlook.com

29 June 202410:40am

Armed Forces Day Parade and Drumhead Service

Military Road, Ramsgate Harbour

Public

Katie Kelley

mayor@ramsgatetc.org.uk

29 June 202411am to 4pmArmed Forces Day

Swanley
-More details to follow.
30 June 202410am and 5:45pmArmed Forces Day

The Leas Bandstand and The Leas, Folkestone
PublicVicky Deakin

vicky.deakin@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
1 July 202411amCanada Day

Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, Folkestone
Public

Georgina Wilson

Georgina.wilson@folkestone-tc.gov.uk

20 July 20246:30pmRoyal British Legion Kent County Coronation Dinner

Bearsted Gold Club
By invitation

Caye Gould

Kent.chairman@RBL.community

15 August 20249:45amVJ Day

Burma star Memorial, Westgate Garden, Canterbury CT1 2BQ
Public

Royal British Legion Canterbury Branch

Eric Hern (Vice-Chairman)

hearjen@outlook.com

15 August 2024 11am VJ Day

Garden of Remembrance, Sandgate Road, Folkestone
Public

Georgina Wilson

Georgina.wilson@folkestone-tc.gov.uk

15 September 2024 5:45pm Battle of Britain Day

The RAF Memorial, The Leas, Folkestone
Public

Georgina Wilson

Georgina.wilson@folkestone-tc.gov.uk

21 September 2024To be confirmed

D Day Concert

Ashford School, East Hill, Ashford

-More details to follow.
25 October 2024To be confirmed

Civic launch of the national poppy appeal

County Hall, Maidstone

By invitation

Civic Office

Civic.office@kent.gov.uk

3 November 2024 2pm Dedication of Garden of Remembrance

Garden of Remembrance, Sandgate Road, Folkestone
Public

Georgina Wilson

Georgina.wilson@folkestone-tc.gov.uk

10 November 202410:25am onwards

Remembrance Day wreath laying, service and parade

Buttermarket at 10:25am
Cathedral at 10:50am
Parade via High Street at 12pm

Public

Canterbury Cathedral and Canterbury City Council

lordmayor@canterbury.gov.uk

10 November 202410:30am Remembrance Day

The War Memorial, The Leas, Folkestone
Public

Georgina Wilson

Georgina.wilson@folkestone-tc.gov.uk

10 November 202410:30am

Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service

County Hall to War Memorial in Broadway for Service of Remembrance, Maidstone

Public Maidstone Borough Council

mayor@maidstone.gov.uk
10 November 202410:30am

Remembrance Day Parade and Service

The Vine, Sevenoaks TN13 3UH

Public

Anne White

dtc@sevenoakstown.gov.uk

10 November 202410:30am to 12:30pm

Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade

Biggin Street, Dover to People of Dover War Memorial, then to Market Square

Public

Dover Town Council

tracey.hubbard@dovertowncouncil.gov.uk

10 November 202411am to 2pm

Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade

War Memorial, Market Street, Sandwich CT13 9DA

Public

Sandwich Town Council

enquiries@sandwichtowncouncil.gov.uk

10 November 20242:30pmRemembrance Sunday

Swanley
-More details to follow.
11 November 202410:50amArmistice Day

Greatness Cemetery, Seal Road, Sevenoaks TN14 5AA
Public

Anne White

dtc@sevenoakstown.gov.uk

11 November 202411am

Remembrance Day

Burgate, Canterbury CT1 2HW

Public

Canterbury City Council

lordmayor@canterbury.gov.uk

11 November 2024 11am Machine Gun Corps

Cheriton Road Cemetery, Folkestone
Public Trevor Mays
truckintrev@live.co.uk