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Armed Forces Day marked with special events

The sacrifices made by our military servicemen and women have been marked with dozens of events across the South East today.

One of the biggest gatherings for Armed Forces Day was in Medway, Kent, where thousands of people gathered to pay tribute to serving military personnel, veterans and cadets. John Ryall reports.

The interviewees are Cllr Alan Jarrett Leader, Medway Council; Richard Bardsley, a Veteran; and Robin Green, a Veteran.


Brighton honours its soldiers, past and present

Around 70 soldiers from the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment joined veterans to take part in a Freedom of the City Parade in Brighton.

The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, nick-named 'The Tigers', is the South East of England's infantry Regiment and recruits solely from counties in the region.

It's made up of two Regular Army Battalions - 1 PWRR and 2 PWRR - and a Reserve Battalion - 3 PWRR. Members of all three Battalions have served on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Regiment has a long and distinguished history having been involved in virtually every theatre of war since The Battle of Trafalgar in 1662. It is the most decorated of all British Army regiments, with 57 Victoria Crosses awarded.

Events held in Reading to mark Armed Forces Day

Serving soldiers have joined veterans across our region to mark Armed Forces Day.

It's the sixth year the event has been held nationally to raise awareness of the contribution made by those who serve and have served - while also showing support for the Armed Forces community.

In Reading, there were displays and demonstrations as twenty five veterans received their HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge. ITV Meridian spoke to Captain Mark Nicholls from 11 Training Battalion, REME.

Brighton and Hove marks Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day in Brighton is being marked with a Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment Freedom of the City Parade.

Soldiers line up in Brighton before the Freedom of the City Parade Credit: ITV Meridian

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion PWRR and the Band of the Blues and Royals will step off from the Peace Statue on Hove seafront and follow a route along the seafront, West Street and North Street before arriving in New Road around 11.20am.

This will be followed by a parade and inspection in New Road joined by veterans organisations and cadets.

Soldiers line up in Brighton before the Freedom of the City Parade Credit: ITV Meridian

Events will continue in New Road during the afternoon from noon to 4pm, and include performances of vintage and wartime music from Vintage 5 Live & Rockabellas, information stands, and children’s performances in the Unitarian church, New Road.


Portsmouth to mark Armed Forces Day

Portsmouth-based ships and personnel will be taking part in events held by the City Council and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard celebrating Armed Forces Day in the region.

Some 120 sailors from ships and units in the Portsmouth area will parade through the city on June 27 and two warships will be open to the public free of charge at the Naval Base on the weekend of June 29 and 30.