The Armed Forces Day is a gathering day for Spaniards, both civilians and military personnel, whose aim is to increase awareness of the Armed Forces, in accordance with the provisions of the Spanish Constitution and the spirit of our Royal Ordinances.
It is also a day to recognise the work of the military who are far from their homeland, in operations abroad or integrated in the permanent operations of surveillance, security and presence in our areas of interest. We should also acknowledge those who continue to serve our homeland, displaying values such as the spirit of service, discipline and sense of duty.
Our military personnel demonstrate Spain's commitment to international peace and security on a daily basis. They participate with our allies in deterrence and security tasks and promote stability in countries in circumstances of conflict. They also support those governments who lack the capabilities to achieve the security necessary for their societies to develop their full potential in full freedom and normality.
Armed Forces Day was first celebrated in 1978 when it was decided to hold an institutional event to pay tribute to the Army and Navy and to promote knowledge and their integration into society.
Granada and Motril will host the commemorative events for Armed Forces Day on 31 May, 1, 2 and 3 June.
In Granada, a static and dynamic exhibition of Armed Forces material will be inaugurated on 31 May and will remain open until 3 June. On 31 May there will also be an exhibition of personnel and equipment in the Plaza de Toros. On 1 June, the traditional gathering of military music will be held in front of the Palacio de Congresos with a parade beforehand.
In addition, from 31st May to 2nd June, it will be possible to visit various ships of the Navy at the Motril port docks.
In Motril, the main event, presided over by His Majesty the King, will be held on Friday 2 June and will be a naval and air parade. This will be followed by a dynamic display of Armed Forces personnel and equipment.
The central event in Granada, presided over by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, will take place on 3 June, Armed Forces Day, and will include the following: