The Prince of Wales has presented the Mercian regiment in Worcestershire with their new colours in a ceremony rich with tradition.
A married couple from Stoke-on-Trent are among a group of 25 Territorial Army soldiers preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.
The funeral of a soldier from Nuneaton who died in Afghanistan last month will take place later.
The Prince of Wales has honoured soldiers who fought for the Mercian Regiment who are no longer with us.
His Royal Highness said the new colours represent the heritage, fighting spirit and soul of the regiment.
The old colours are marched out by members of the Mercian Regiment, with a salute from the Prince of Wales.
Prince Charles is in Worcester today to present all four battalions of the Mercian Regiment with their new colours.
A special ceremony is taking place at the Sixways Stadium.
It will be the first time the regimental colours will have been presented since the regiment was formed in 2007.
In his role as Colonel-in-Chief of the Mercian Regiment, Prince Charles will today present all four battalions with their new colours at the Sixways Stadium in Worcester.
Colours are presented every twenty five years and it's the first time all four battalions will be on parade at the same time.
The colours represent the battle honours earned by members of the regiment over the last three hundred years.
The four battalions are split up into:
1st Battalion: 1st Battalion takes its heritage from the 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment, and still draws most of its soldiers from Cheshire and the Wirral.
2nd Battalion: 2nd Battalion takes its heritage from the former Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment and recruits soldiers from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Worcestershire.
3rd Battalion: 3rd Battalion was formerly The Staffordshire Regiment and recruits from Staffordshire, the West Midlands and Birmingham.
4th Battalion: 4th Battalion is the Territorial Army (TA) Battalion of The Mercian Regiment. They are currently deployed in Cyprus.
An ex-Royal Marine who was injured in a road crash in Afghanistan says he is looking forward to meeting Prince Harry this week.
Tom Birch suffered severe head injuries when his Landrover careered over a cliff in 2006.
Tom is one of several guests who will meet the Prince as he officially opens the headquarters of the Nottingham-based brain injury charity Headway on Thursday.
Soldiers from the 16th Regiment Royal Artillery will march through the streets of Oakham in Rutland today.
The Regiment will be presented with Freedom of Entry to the town. Up to 250 soldiers will take part in recognition of the barracks' military history.
The 16th Regiment Royal Artillery was part of the 2012 London Olympics Air Security Force.
The Territorial Army are also taking on people from across the West Midlands. Here's some other events taking place in the region where you can find out more:
- Saturday 16th February - Bullring Birmingham 11am-5pm
- Tuesday 19th February - 48 Sqn TAC, Hillock Road, Birmingham 7.30pm - 9.30pm
- Tuesday 19th February - 131 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers, Sheldon 7.30pm - 9.30pm
- Wednesday 20th February - TA Centre, 5 Vicar Street, Dudley 6.30pm
- Saturday 23rd February - TA Centre, Alamein House, Dudley 1pm
- Saturday 23rd February - Wolseley House, Fallings Park, Wolverhampton 10am - 3pm
The Territorial Army is looking for new recruits from across the West Midlands at Bullring in Birmingham today.
They need chefs, drivers, medics, caterers,soldiers and engineers.
Anyone who goes along will be able to try on army kit to get a taste of what life is like in the TA.
The event is taking place between 11am and 5pm.
More than 60,000 people are expected to turn out in Nottingham this summer to salute our soldiers, sailors and airmen. The city has been chosen to host Armed Forces Day.
The event is designed to showcase the work service personnel do, and give the public a chance to show its support. Phil Brewster reports.