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Britain plans big show for Armed Forces Day

June 27, 2011 - SCOTLAND

Edinburgh hosts the main celebration for Armed Forces Day in 2011. The drastic cuts planned for Britain's defense budget could cast a pall over the military parade and fly-pasts, planned as the most spectacular since the special day was introduced. British Prime Minister David Cameron, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, senior members of the Royal family and army VIPs are expected at the Edinburgh events, and the day will be celebrated throughout Britain. IndyMedia flagged the 2010 Armed Forces Day parade for demonstrations against militarism, and can be expected to flag the 2011 parade for demonstrations.

Edinburgh hosts the main celebration for Armed Forces Day in 2011. The drastic cuts planned for Britain's defense budget could cast a pall over the military parade and fly-pasts, planned as the most spectacular since the special day was introduced. British Prime Minister David Cameron, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, senior members of the Royal family and army VIPs are expected at the Edinburgh events, and the day will be celebrated throughout Britain. IndyMedia flagged the 2010 Armed Forces Day parade for demonstrations against militarism, and can be expected to flag the 2011 parade for demonstrations. The Treasury has been pushing for a reduction of up to 10 per cent in the £37 billion (US $59 billion) defense budget between 2011 and 2015. Britain's new Conservative-led coalition government accuses the previous Labour government ministers of leaving a £3.3 billion (US $5.2 billion) "black hole" in the defense budget. The government argues that the cuts are needed to get the economy back on track. The now opposition Labour Party terms the cuts "reckless." The British government and Ministry of Defence renamed Veterans Day as Armed Forces Day in 2009, at the same time, notching up the tribute to service personnel 'past, present and future'; at the same time. The MOD plans for hugely expanded celebrations for the Edinburgh-hosted event in 2011. Organizers describe it as a civic event on a scale unseen in Scotland's capital since the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. Some 80,000 people attended the 2010 Armed Forces parade in Cardiff, Wales. (Written Oct/10)

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Attenshun! Capital to host Armed Forces Day (Scotsman 18 Nov 2009)

Labourleft £3.3bn black hole in defence budget' (BBC 15 Oct 2010)

Clinton: British defence budget cuts could damage NATO alliance (Times/Australian 15 Oct 2010)

Date written/update: 2011-06-27