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Sports stars show their support for #SaluteOurForces

People urged to take a picture of themselves saluting

Demarai Grey
Demarai Grey

Stars from Leicester City Football Club and Leicester Riders have joined in a campaign to pay tribute to the nation’s armed forces.

Foxes favourites Harvey Barnes, Demarai Gray, James Justin and James Maddison, as well as Leicester Riders head coach Rob Paternostro and captain Andy Thomson, have added their faces to a growing gallery of people taking part in the #SaluteOurForces campaign, ahead of the national Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 27 June.

Leicestershire County and Leicester City Councils, in partnership with the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mike Kapur OBE, and local armed forces units, are supporting the national Armed Forces Day #SaluteOurForces campaign, which encourages people from across the county and city communities to pay tribute to the armed forces community including serving personnel, veterans, reservists and cadets.

This football club is proud to celebrate the wonderful members of our armed forces community, whose sacrifices are appreciated and applauded by everybody at Leicester City.

“It’s impossible to find words that accurately convey how grateful we all are for the bravery of our service personnel past and present, but we’re delighted to be able to support Armed Forces Day as a way of recognising them and thanking those who have, and still do, protect us.

It’s important for us to take a moment to recognise our armed forces, their service to the country, and the sacrifices that they make to keep us safe. This year in particular we can take this opportunity to thank them all for their contribution to the COVID-19 response. We’re proud to support the #SaluteOurForces campaign and delighted with the response we have already had from people across the city and county.

I am delighted to be supporting the #SaluteOurForces campaign. It is important that we show our appreciation to our armed forces personnel and veterans. This is something that everyone can get involved with. I would urge everyone to show their support with a salute to our armed forces.

To take part, people are being asked to take a picture of themselves saluting and share it with the lieutenancy office by Friday, 26 June, by tweeting the Lord Lieutenant using the handle @LeicsLieutenant and the hashtag #SaluteOurForces or emailing them to to be included in the online album, which can be viewed at

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