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

14 October 2022

1pm

Grenadier Guard Parade

Hythe High Street, Hythe
PublicHythe Town Council
clerk@hythe-tc.gov.uk
1 to 13 NovemberA Time to Remember Armistice Exhibition

St George’s Art Centre, Gravesend
PublicGravesham Borough Council

Find out more on the Visit Gravesend website.
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
Armistice two minute silence

War Memorial, Birchington
PublicBirchington Parish Council
11 November 2022

11am
Machine Gun Corps

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

12:45pm to 1:30pm
Denton Parish Remembrance Service

Lower Range Road, Denton
PrivateSt John’s Catholic Comprehensive School
13 November 2022

10am to 12pm

Remembrance Sunday

Broadstairs War Memorial

PublicBroadstairs Town Council
admin@broadstairs.gov.uk
13 November 2022

10am
Remembrance Day Service and Parade

Parade leaves Minster Legion to St Mary’s Church followed by service.
A further service at Minster cemetery at 12:15pm.
PublicMinster & Monkton
Derek.Crow-Brown@kent.gov.uk
13 November 2022

10:30am to 12:30pm
Remembrance Day Service and Parade

St Peters Church, Broadstairs
Public-
13 November 2022

10:20am

Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service

Parade starts at 10:20am from the Town Hall. Service of Remembrance at 10:50am at the Memorial in the Broadway, Maidstone.

Public

Maidstone Borough Council
mayor@maidstone.gov.uk

13 November 2022

10:30am to 12:30pm
Remembrance Day Service and Parade

The Square (junction of Station Road/Canterbury Road A28) and All Saint’s Church, Birchington on Sea
PublicBirchington Parish Council
bill.anderson@birchington-pc.gov.uk
13 November 2022

10:30am
Remembrance Sunday

The War Memorial, The Leas, Folkestone
PublicFolkestone Town Council
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
13 November 2022

10:30am to 12pm
Remembrance Sunday Parade

Commencing at Burnaby Road, London Road to Northfleet Hill, Gravesend
PublicGravesham Scouts
Andy.treadwell@cwc.ac.uk
13 November 2022

10:30am
Remembrance Day

Town Hall, High Street, Hythe CT21 5AJ
Public

Hythe Town Council
Terry.reene@hythe-tc.gov.uk

13 November 2022

10:30am to 12:30pm
Remembrance Day Service and Parade

Service at War Memorial Margate followed by parade
PublicMargate Town Council
 ingrid@margate.org.uk
13 November 2022

10:30am to 12:30pm
Remembrance Day Service and Parade

Commencing with parade to St George’s Church for service
PublicRamsgate Town Council
 kim.hobbs@ramsgatetc.org.uk
13 November 2022

10:30am to 12pm
Remembrance Day Service and Parade

Windmill Hill Memorial Gardens (parade from Khalsa Avenue)
PublicRBL and Gravesham  Borough Council
Amit.hayer@gravesham.gov.uk
13 November 2022

10:45am
Service of Remembrance

St Nicholas Church, Church Road, New Romney TN28 8EU
Public

RBL and New Romney Town Council
town.clerk@newromney-tc.gov.uk

13 November 2022

10:50am to 12:15pm
Remembrance Day Service and Parade

The Vine War Memorial, Dartford Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3SY
PublicSevenoaks Town Council
DTC@sevenoakstown.gov.uk
13 November 2022

11:30am to 12:30pm
Remembrance Day Service and Parade

St Saviours Church, Westgate-on-Sea to Memorial on Sea Road
PublicWestgate-on-Sea Town Council
townclerk@westgateonsea.gov.uk
13 November 2022

2pm to 4pm
Meopham Remembrance Service and Parade

Steeles Lane, Meopham Green, Meopham
PublicMeopham Parish Council
Sandra.p43@hotmail.co.uk
13 November 2022

2:30pm
Remembrance Day

Swanley Town Centre, Swanley BR8 7TL
Public

Swanley Town Council
troast@swanleytowncouncil.gov.uk

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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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