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 a significant event that is missing, contact civic.office@kent.gov.uk.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all VE Day 75 year celebrations due to be held in May 2020 and Armed Forces Day were cancelled or held virtually. Organisers hope to reschedule the cancelled events later in the year.

We held a virtual flag raising ceremony on 22 June at 10am to mark the start of Armed Forces Week. Watch a video of the flag raising ceremony.

During the week, we will celebrate the role played by Reservists on 24 June, the Cadets on 26 June, culminating in a very big 'thank you' on the 27 June for all. Updates will be shared across social media channels.

Date and timeEvent detailsType of eventContact
6 June 2020


11am

D-Day

Garden of Remembrance
Sandgate Road
Folkestone
CT20 2DA

This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

PublicToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
22 June 2020

12:30pm

Armed Forces Day - Flying the Flag

Community Square
Gravesend

This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

PublicTo be confirmed
22 June 2020

10am

Armed Forces Day

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this event will now be taking place virtually.

PublicCivic Office
civic.office@kent.gov.uk
27 June 2020

11am to 4pm

Armed Forces Day

Swanley Recreation Ground
St Mary's Road
Swanley
Kent
BR8 7BU

This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Public

Toni Roast
Swanley Town Council
01322 665855

troast@swanleytowncouncil.gov.uk

28 June 2020

11am

Armed Forces Day

This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

PublicVicky Deakin
vicky.deakin@folkestone-tc.gov.uk

Date and timeEvent detailsType of eventContact
1 July 2020

11am

Canada Day

Shorncliffe Military Cemetery
Folkestone
TN27 9DS

This event is invitation only, following social distancing measures.

PublicToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
11 July 2020

11am

Armed Forces Day

The Town Hall
High Street
Hythe
CT21 5JU

This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Public

Terry Reene
Hythe Town Council
01303 266152

terry.reene@hythe-tc.gov.uk

There are no events planned for August.

Date and timeEvent detailsType of eventContact
15 September 2020

5:45pm

Battle of Britain Day
The RAF Memorial
The Leas
Folkestone
CT18 7JJ
Public
26 and 27 September 2020

Various times throughout the day

Hope and Glory, Wartime Re-lived

Fort Gardens
Gravesham
DA12 2BH
PublicTo be confirmed

There are no events planned for October.

Date and timeEvent detailsType of eventContact
1 November 2020

2pm

Dedication of Garden of Remembrance

Garden of Remembrance
Sandgate Road
Folkestone
CT20 2DA
PublicToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
8 November 2020

10:30am

Remembrance Sunday

The War Memorial
The Leas
Folkestone
CT18 7JJ
Public
8 November 2020

10:30am

Remembrance Day

The Town Hall
High Street
Hythe
CT21 5JU
PublicHythe Town Council
Terry Reene
01303 266152terry.reene@hythe-tc.gov.uk
11 November 2020

11am

Machine Gun Corps

Cheriton Road Cemetery
Folkestone
CT20 1DF
PublicTrevor Mays
truckintrev@live.co.uk
11 November 2020

11am

Remembrance Service

Community Square
Gravesend
DA12 1AT
PublicTo be confirmed

There are no events planned for December.