Armed forces : Events

Merchant Navy Flag Raising Ceremony - Friday 2 September 2022 - 10am

Merchant Navy Day is held on 3 September each year to honour the brave men and women who kept the UK afloat during both World Wars, to promote greater awareness of the country’s maritime heritage and also to highlight the country’s continued dependence on modern day merchant seafarers.   

The Council will be marking Merchant Navy Day in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead by the raising of the Red Ensign at 10am on Friday 2  September 2022.  This short ceremony will take place at the war memorial, Town Hall gardens, St Ives Road, Maidenhead. 

Battle of Britain Civic Service and Parade – Sunday 18 September 2022 – 10.40am

The Battle of Britain Parade and Civic service is held on the 15 September or the Sunday immediately after each year.  The Parade and Church Service is held to commemorate the significant part played by the RAF and allied airmen during the large-scale aerial battle that took place on 15 September 1940 and also to pay respects to those that lost their lives during the “battle of Britain”.  

The Service is held at the Parish Church of St John The Baptist in the High Street, Windsor, including the area in the vicinity of the war memorial immediately outside the church.  The Parade, which comprises cadets from a number of local ATCs form up in Park Street and then march to the Church, where they are joined by the Mayor and members of the Civic Party.  

There will be a brief ceremony at the memorial where wreaths will be laid by the Mayor, the RAFA and the ATC.  The Mayor will then lead the Civic party, the RAFA and other ex-service organisations into the church. 

Remembrance Sunday Civic Service and Parade – Sunday 13 November 2022 – 10.40am

On the Sunday nearest the 11 November, a Remembrance Sunday Civic Service and Parade is held in Maidenhead at the War Memorial outside the Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead and in Windsor at the War Memorial outside Windsor Parish Church.

Maidenhead - Contingents from ex-service organisation, cadet forces, uniformed and voluntary organisations assemble in Bridge Avenue.  The Parade will march from Bridge Avenue along York Road and into St Ives Road, where it will halt and those taking part will take up position on the road opposite the War Memorial. Once the Parade has formed up, the Mayoral Party and the Clergy will process from the Town Hall and take up their positions.  

There is a brief Wreath laying ceremony at the War memorial, following which those taking part in the will process to St Mary’s Church where the service will continue.  At the conclusion of the service in the church, the Mayoral Party will process back from the church and will take up position at the entrance to the Town Hall.  Those taking part in the parade will leave the church and will form up in the High Street and the Parade will march past the Civic Party at the Town Hall.

Windsor - Contingents from ex-service organisation, cadet forces, uniformed and voluntary organisations assemble in Park Street. The Parade will march from Park Street along the High Street where they will halt and take up position on the road opposite the War Memorial.  Once the Parade has formed up, the Mayoral Party will process from the Guildhall and take up positions.  

There is a brief Wreath laying ceremony at the War memorial, following which those taking part in the will process into the Church where the service will continue.

Previous events

Armed Forces Day – Flag Raising Ceremony – Sunday 19 June 2022

Armed Forces Day, which in 2023 will be on Saturday 24 June, provides the opportunity for the Royal Borough to join the rest of the nation and show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community – from currently serving troops and their families and from veterans to recruits.  Across the country people get involved, communities hold local events and businesses show their support.  To start of proceedings local authorities hold flag raising ceremonies.  Raising the Armed Forces Flag is a universal show of support honouring Britain’s Armed Forces past, present and future.

At 10am on Monday 19 June 2023 the Mayor will hold a flag raising ceremony at the Town Hall, Maidenhead.  The flag will remain in place for the week.

Elysium Memorial fundraiser : Tuesday 17 to Monday 30 August 2021

This Elysium Memorial fundraiser is to erect a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum to remember our fellow brothers and sisters, lost to suicide after they have finished their service for their country.

To raise funds for the memorial Ed and his team are going to kayak from Liverpool to London using the canal network and the River Thames.  They leave Preston Brook Marina on the Tuesday 17 August and aim to kayak about 21 miles a day to reach Putney Bridge by Monday 30 August 2021.  The 280 mile route will take them down the Trent & Mersey canal, onto the Coventry canal and down the Oxford canal where they’ll join the River Thames for the last leg of the journey.

For more information about this fundraiser see Elysium Memorial website and Poster for the full route.

Human resources team : Contact details

For further information, please contact us by:

Human Resources Team - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF