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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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PM pays tribute to Armed Forces' 'courage and sacrifice'

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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Fire service Pipe Band to play at Armed Forces Day

The Pipe Band at West Midlands Fire Service will be in Wolverhampton today for Armed Forces Day.

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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Red Arrows flypast marks Armed Forces Day

The Red Arrows performed a fly past during Armed Forces Day celebrations in Nottingham today.

The Red Arrows were led by a Sentinel aircraft from No5 Squadron based at RAF Waddington. Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft perform a fly past during in Nottingham. Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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David Cameron pays tribute to the Armed Forces

During a trip to Afghanistan on Armed Forces Day, David Cameron said it was an opportunity to say "how proud we are of our armed forces and everything they do for us".

He also said funding from Libor rate-rigging fines would be put into military charities and a permanent memorial would be built at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

In terms of the political aims of the country, he said: "We want a political solution as well as making sure we have a security solution.

Mr Cameron added that it was important that the politics "enable everyone in Afghanistan to play a role in the future of their country".

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