Thousands are expected to line the streets of Rochester on Saturday, 25 June as Medway marks Armed Forces Day with a parade through the town.
Led by the Band of HM Royal Marines, the parade will include contingents of Royal Engineers and Royal Naval Reserve personnel and a large number of veterans led by the standards of their associations.

The procession will start at 10.30am in Crow Lane, Rochester and finish at the Castle Gardens. On the way it will pass by the War Memorial in Rochester High Street where the Lord Lieutenant for Kent will take the salute, before going on to Boley Hill for a short drumhead service led by a fellow veteran, the Reverend Paul Kerr, with music played by the Royal Marines Band.

After the parade members of the armed forces, veterans and their partners will join the Mayor of Medway and invited guests for light refreshments in the Castle Gardens. Visitors will be able to see displays showing the work of the armed forces and veterans.

A traditional Beat Retreat and Ceremonial Sunset will bring Armed Forces Day in Medway to a close at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, featuring the Royal Marines Band, the Marching Band of the Duke of York’s Royal Military School and the Rochester Pipe Band. Starting at 6pm, this is a ticketed event and further information is available from The Historic Dockyard on 01634 823826 or at http://www.thedockyard.co.uk