Armed forces celebratory and commemorative events

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.

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.

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

Date and time Event details Type of eventContact
2 April 2022

11am to 11:30am
Union and Falkland’s Flag Raising

Dane John Gardens, Watling Street, Canterbury CT1 2QX
PublicJanette Edis
janedis69@gmail.com
2 June 2022

Evening
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons

The Leas, Folkestone
Public

Folkestone Town Council
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk

6 June 2022

11am
D Day – (NVA)

Garden of Remembrance, Sandgate Road, Folkestone
Public

Folkestone Town Council
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk

25 June 2022

Lunchtime
AFD – Veterans & Cadets Lunch

To be confirmed
PublicVicky Deakin
vicky.deakin@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
1 July 2022

11am
Canada Day

Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, Folkestone
PublicFolkestone Town Council
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
15 August 2022

11am
VJ Day

Garden of Remembrance, Sandgate Road, Folkestone
Public

Folkestone Town Council
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk

15 September 2022

5:45pm
Battle of Britain Day

The RAF Memorial, The Leas, Folkestone
Public

Folkestone Town Council
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk

6 November 2022

2pm
Dedication of Garden of Remembrance

Garden of Remembrance, Sandgate Road, Folkestone
PublicFolkestone Town Council
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
11 November 2022

11am
Machine Gun Corps

Cheriton Road Cemetery, Folkestone
PublicTrevor Mays
truckintrev@live.co.uk
13 November 2022

10:30am
Remembrance Sunday

The War Memorial, The Leas, Folkestone
PublicFolkestone Town Council
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk

Last year's events

There were no events in January.

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There were no events in May.

Date and time Event details Type of eventContact
21 June 2021

12:30pm

Armed Forces Day - Flying the Flag

The Cenotaph, Brenchley Gardens, Maidstone
Invitation only

Julie Webb
juliewebb@maidstone.gov.uk
01622 602183

26 June 2021

11am

Armed Forces Day

Town Hall, Hythe.

This is a small event at the Undercroft which will be filmed and streamed live.

Invitation only

Terry Reene
Terry.reene@hythe-tc.gov.uk

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