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WW2 veteran to fly the flag for Armed Forces Day

An 89-year-old Second World War veteran will raise the Armed Forces Day flag in Leicestershire later.

Joan De Vall Credit: Leicestershire County Council

Joan De Vall will be alongside the county council chairman and Lord Lieutenant Lady Gretton, as she flies the flag for war heroes and their families, ahead of Armed Forces Day next week.

It is taking place at the Stand Easy memorial at 10.30am.

Joan served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), and was posted to the south coast as part of the Royal Artillery. She worked as a Height Finger Predictor Operator, which saw her on the front line, helping gunmen locate approaching enemy aircraft.

I feel it's a great honour for myself and for all of the female members of the ATS as we don't get a lot of publicity. I feel very honoured."

– Joan De Vall

Hundreds pay respects at National Memorial Arboretum

Hundreds of people attended a ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today.

The names of those who have been killed in recent conflicts are carved on the wall around the memorial.

Chuck Hall, a veteran of 20 years service, said:

I've come from Derby today but actually I've come from Canada, to Derby, for today... I've come to remember my buddies... I served 20 years.

Bert Hayward served in Korea and said:

I come here three, four, five times a year to pay my respects for those that have gone and those that are still serving.

A motorcycle group called Ride To The Wall has raised more than £300,000 to help with the upkeep of the arboretum which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

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David Cameron has praised the "courage" and "sacrifice" of the Armed Forces.

His tweet comes as Armed Forces Day is being celebrated across Britain.

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Celebrations across region to mark Armed Forces Day

Today is Armed Forces Day Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Celebrations will take place across the region today to mark Armed Forces Day.

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is holding a number of commemorative and celebratory events, including a Service of Tribute, parade and flypast.

The day gives the country an opportunity to pay tribute to serving troops, veterans, cadets and their families.

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