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 2019

If you know a significant event that is missing, contact armedforces@kent.gov.uk.

See the First World War Centenary website for more celebratory and commemorative events.

There are currently no planned events.

DateTimeEventType of eventAddressContact
12 February10amRecognise and Remember subgroupPrivateWantsum Room, Sessions House, MaidstoneAlice McLean
alice.mclean@kent.gov.uk
26 February10amKent and Medway Civilian Military Partnership Board meetingPrivateHMS President (Medway tender)Alice McLean
alice.mclean@kent.gov.uk

There are currently no planned events.

There are currently no planned events.

There are currently no planned events.

DateTimeEventType of eventAddressContact
6 June11amD-DayPublicGarden of Remembrance, Sandgate Road, FolkestoneToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
11 June10amRecognise and Remember subgroupPrivateWantsum Room, Sessions HouseAlice McLean
alice.mclean@kent.gov.uk
30 JunetbcAFD FolkestonePublicto be confirmedVicky Deakin
vicky.deakin@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
DateTimeEventType of eventAddressContact
1 July11amCanada DayPublicShorncliffe Military Cemetery, FolkestoneToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
DateTimeEventType of eventAddressContact
15 August11amVJ DayPublicGarden of Remembrance, Sandgate Road, FolkestoneToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
DateTimeEventType of eventAddressContact
15 September5:45pmBattle of Britain DayPublicThe RAF Memorial, The Leas, FolkestoneToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
DateTimeEventType of eventAddressContact
15 October10amRecognise and Remember sub groupPrivateWantsum Room, Sessions HouseAlice McLean
alice.mclean@kent.gov.uk
29 October10amThe Oak Room, Oakwood House, MaidstonePrivateWantsum Room, Sessions HouseAlice McLean
alice.mclean@kent.gov.uk
DateTimeEventType of eventAddressContact
3 November2pmDedication of Garden of RemembrancePublicGarden of Remembrance, Sandgate Road, FolkestoneToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
10 November10:30amRemembrance SundayPublicThe War Memorial, The Leas, FolkestoneToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
11 November11amMachine Gun CorpsPublicCheriton Road Cemetery, FolkestoneTrevor Mays
truckintrev@live.co.uk

There are currently no planned events.