During the Second World War veteran Ray Ellis served as a gunner with the desert rats in North Africa.
Ray is now 94-years-old and remembers the events of 70 years ago as if it was yesterday.
Phil Brewster has been listening to his story.
A photo collection of today's Armed Forces Day parade in Nottingham.
More than 60,000 people are expected to turn out to salute the Armed Forces today as Nottingham steps into the national spotlight.
Many events are taking place across the UK to commemorate Armed Forces Day on Saturday June 29. Here is a list of events in the Midlands.