Every October, thousands of school children across the UK get dressed up in red, white and blue in support of the men and women of the Armed Forces.
Red, White & Blue Day is a national fundraising campaign that raises money in support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
Pupils can simply donate £1 and dress up in Red, White and Blue, or hold cake sales, sponsored events, or they might have weird or wonderful fundraising ideas of their own!
For 2017 the day will be celebrating women in the forces, commemorating the 100th birthday of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and exploring all the roles women have taken up when serving their country.
The money will be split between the three long-established charities which all have close ties with our Armed Forces.
We are encouraging pupils to consider what life must be like when
away from home and what their mother or big sister might miss
serving our country in far-off, hostile places. Think about including
a personal note or other special reminders of home, photographs,
drawings, a recent art project or perhaps a scrapbook filled with
Create a box to send to your mother or sister. Make sure the items you have chosen would fit in the ‘shoe box’ and not be heavier than the restricted 2kg guideline. Include the items in a list with illustrations and say why you have chosen them.
» Click here to download the under-9-year-olds competition
» Click here to download above-10-year-olds copetition
Hover over the dates in bold to view notable dates in history and important dates
RAF1993 - Operation Cheshire: Hercules of No 47 Squadron completed 600 sorties to deliver 19 million Ib of humanitarian aid to Bosnia-Herzegovina. By the end of the operation in January 1996 the RFA had delivered 26,577 tons of supplies in 1,977 sorties
RAF1940 - Operation Dynamo: the evacuation of Dunkirk was completed with 338,226 Allied troops brought back to the UK. In the fierce air-to-air fighting during the evacuation, the RAF lost 177 aircraft over Dunkirk, including 106 fighters: the Luftwaffe lost 132 aircraft of all types
The Soldiers' Charity1944 - D-day – Allied Forces land in Normandy
RAF1944 - Operation Overlord - Thousands of Allied troops landing on the beaches of Normandy in northern France at the start of a major offensive against the Germans. Thousands of paratroops and glider-borne troops have also been dropped behind enemy lines and the Allies are already said to have penetrated several miles inland.
RAF1940 - Italy declared war on Great Britain and France
The Soldiers' Charity1918 - The Treaty of Versailles is signed by the Germans
RAF2012 - The Bomber Command Memorial, in Green Park, London, was unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen. The RAF Benevolent Fund is the custodian for the memorial, built to remember the 55,573 members of Bomber Command who lost their lives during the Second World War.
The Soldiers' Charity1982 - British troops take key objectives of Mount Longdon, Two Sisters and Mount Harriet
» Click here to download the WRNS 100 celebration event listing
Heather Stanning, MBE will be the Head Judge for the Shoebox Competition.
» Women and the Royal Navy: Pioneers to Professionals - Exhibition opening February 2017
Money raised 2016 so far: £41,260.00
Registered Schools 2017: 53
Supporters 2017: 17,297