Armed Forces Day celebrations

The fifth national Armed Forces Day will begin today with an artillery regiment firing a volley of gun blasts at Nottingham Castle.

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Red Arrows flypast marks Armed Forces Day

The Red Arrows performed a fly past during Armed Forces Day celebrations in Nottingham today.

The Red Arrows were led by a Sentinel aircraft from No5 Squadron based at RAF Waddington. Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft perform a fly past during in Nottingham. Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Armed Forces Day: 1,000 service personnel to march in Cardiff

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An Armed Forces Day flag Credit: PA

Around 1,000 servicemen and women will march through Cardiff later to mark Armed Forces Day. The day celebrates the work of all military personnel past and present.

The March through the Welsh capital will coincide with the 70th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Atlantic. It was the longest continuous military campaign of the second world war.

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A Royal Navy Guard of Honour Credit: PA

After the march, Coopers Field in Bute Park, Cardiff, will play host to various events such as musical performances by the Commando Training Centre Band of the Royal Marines supported by the South Wales Police Band.

There will also be displays by the Royal Signals motorcycle display team, the "RAF Falcons" Parachute Display Team and a fly-past by an RAF Sea King helicopter.

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UK Armed Forces show support to mark celebration

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It's great seeing all the messages of support for #ArmedForceDay. How will you be showing your support tomorrow? @armedforces_day

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Wishing everyone a brilliant #ArmedForcesDay today, the RAF Association is proud to be here to help those who serve #70yearsofsupport

PM thanks Armed Forces ahead of celebrations

The Prime Minister has said the UK have not been "good at expressing pride" for Armed Forces ahead of celebrations today.

David Cameron said: "That's what this day is all about, pride and gratitude, celebrating what our armed forces do and above all saying thank you. If we're honest, for a long time in this country we were not very good at that".

MPs look forward to Armed Forces Day

MPs from across the UK have tweeted in anticipation of today's Armed Forces Day.

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Very pleased that Armed Forces Day seems to be attracting more attention this year as an opportunity to pay tribute to their service

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Had a great day after yesterday's happiness! & bet can tell today was fun with an irreverent end! Tomorrow vearly start pre Armed Forces Day

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Back from Chester/Wirral CF Ball. Thanks to all for welcome. Up early tomorrow for #ArmedForcesDay in Cardiff.

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