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Prime Minister David Cameron has attended an event in Plymouth to celebrate the Armed Forces.
He was asked what he thought the event meant for the servicemen and woman and said:
"This is about actually celebrating the enormous contribution the Armed Forces make every day of the year."
He added: "As prime minister it's a huge pleasure and a privilege to be involved in this coming together."
Residents of Plymouth pay tribute to the nation's Armed Forces.
Thousands of people lined the streets of Plymouth today to cheer on the nation's Armed Forces.
Speaking after a Drumhead Service, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, said he was delighted to show his support for the armed services alongside a crowd of thousands.
Thousands of people including Prime Minister David Cameron lined the streets of Plymouth today to cheer on the nation's Armed Forces.
Music from Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force bands filled the air as more than 1,200 servicemen and women, veterans and cadets marched through the Devon city towards Plymouth Hoe.
The day is marked to raise awareness of the contribution made by the Army, Navy and RAF.
The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has paid tribute to servicemen and women on Armed Forces Day
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "Today I'm joining the rest of the country in saying thank you to our armed forces.
"We owe our servicemen and women a huge debt of gratitude for their dedication, resilience and sacrifices.
"For their incredible work, for putting their lives at risk so we can live in safety, for being prepared to leave their loved ones behind when they serve our country, from cooks, to medics, to volunteers, to troops on the front line in Afghanistan - every single contribution deserves recognition.
"As do those of our reservists, veterans and cadets."
Mr Clegg said the celebrations should "go some way to showing how grateful we are for the work of all our armed forces and how much we recognise their contribution".
"I also want to thank their families - who are parted from their loved ones for long periods of time, who live with uncertainty, and whose patience and bravery is recognised by us all."
The Armed Forces celebration comes as military charities report a 26% increase in donations since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2008.
Help for Heroes saw a 181% gain in income, while Support Our Soldiers, which sends care parcels to the frontline, saw an 87% increase, according to The Sun.
A national event will be held in Plymouth, where there will be a parade through the city by members of all three services, joined by military bands and veterans.
The parade will finish on the Plymouth Hoe with a drumhead service, although entertainment will continue throughout the day.
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