Armed Forces Day ?Saturday, June 24 ?is a chance for us to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

This includes currently-serving troops, cadets, Service families and veterans.

Liverpool is proud to be the city hosting this year鈥檚 national event, and the ECHO is proud to invite its readers to help the city prepare for the big day.

This is our call to action ?we want you to express your gratitude to the Forces by sending us an image of yourselves saluting, using the hashtag #saluteourforces.

The images will be collated into a collage and used in the lead-up to the big day.

The colourful collage is set to be used in a billboard campaign and on the www.liverpoolarmedforcesday.co.uk website.

So, please send images of yourselves saluting ?and tell us your name, address and why you want to thank the Forces (in less than 100 words) ?with the hashtag #saluteourforces, to form.jotformeu.com/70802442459355

Meanwhile, on June 24 itself, Liverpool will lead the way in celebrating the ordinary people who do extraordinary jobs.

Gunners from 103 Regiment Royal Artillery, at Armed Forces Day in Liverpool Last Year.
Gunners from 103 Regiment Royal Artillery, at Armed Forces Day in Liverpool Last Year.

A city-wide thank you will be extended to the Armed Forces, beginning with a parade of more than 1,000 service personnel from St George鈥檚 Hall to the waterfront, where the celebrations will take place.

An exciting display arena will be located next to Liverpool Cruise Liner passenger lounge, which will give visitors the chance to see a number of demonstrations.

These will range from a Royal Marines unarmed combat display and military marching bands right through to RAF dog handling exercises, an Army bridge building demonstration and a field gun-race between a team from RAF Cosford and the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales, which is affiliated to Liverpool.

A naval vessel will be docked at the Cruise Liner berth which will be open to visitors, and a number of fly- pasts will take place throughout the day to wow the crowds.

Topping the aviation bill will be the Red Arrows, alongside jets and helicopters currently in service, as well as historic aircraft.