200 soldiers have taken part in a homecoming parade through the city of Leicester.
Members of the Royal Lancers are celebrating the end of their tour in Afghanistan. They were given the freedom of the city in 2011 and recruit heavily from the area.
Captain Alasdair Grant said:
It is a great chance for the boys to show off smart uniforms and celebrate coming home in front of most of their families. We recruit from this area. So most of our soldiers are from Leicester, Northampton or Chesterfield. This is a chance for them to swagger with pride around their home city.
A member of the crowd that lined the streets spoke of public pride in the troops, saying:
Just look at them. How proud everyone has got to be of them. What a job they have done for us, for our country. They're brilliant!
Later in the week, they will march through Derby.
The same regiment that fired the first shots of the Great War on 22nd May 1914 today marched through Nottingham to mark their return home from Afghanistan. It marks the end of a decade of military operations for the regiment.
Earlier on the city launched its year of commemorative events to mark 100 years since the start of the Great War.
Four hundred soldiers from the fourth battalion, The Mercian Regiment paraded through Worcester today to mark the end of their most recent tour in Afghanistan.
They were joined by members of the Grenadier Guards and the Queen's Royal Hussars, who are also just back from the war.
Nearly 800 soldiers have marched through Worcester in the latest homecoming parade here in the Midlands.
Service men and women from the Queen's Royal Hussars, the Grenadier Guards and the 2nd Battallion the Mercian Regiment have been taking part.
Thousands of people turned out to show their support including Gary Hemming who's son Luke lost his legs in Afghanistan.
More than 250 soldiers will march through Worcester city centre today.
Hundreds of people are expected to support members of The Queen's Royal Hussars and the Grenadier Guards when they parade through streets later.
The soldiers march will include marching bands and followed by an official reception at the guildhall and a public event at Worcester Racecourse where a charity race in aid of Help For Heroes will take place.
The homecoming parade comes ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.
Around 300 soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment marched through Derby today, to mark their return home from Afghanistan.
Lieutenant Colonel Colin Marks said it meant a lot to see so many people turn up to watch them march.
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Around 300 soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment will march through Derby tomorrow, to mark their return home from Afghanistan.
The soldiers will march along the route from Back Sitwell Street to the Market Place.
Over 100 of the soldiers on parade will be from Derbyshire.
Thousands of people lined the streets of Nottingham to welcome home soldiers from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment recruits heavily in the East Midlands, and many of the men's families were there to celebrate their safe return.
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