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Thousands of people have marked Armed Forces Day with events all over Wales. At the main ceremony in Cardiff, hundreds of service men and women paraded through the streets.
The annual event was set up to raise awareness of what the forces do. The day also marked some historic events. Nicola Hendy reports.
Brigadier Martyn Gamble, commander of 160 Wales Brigade, told ITV News that Armed Forces Day was a chance for those serving to say thank you to members of the public for their support.
First Minister, Carwyn Jones, will join members of the forces community for today's parade through Cardiff city centre, before giving a reading at a special Drum Head service.
Speaking ahead of the event, he said: "Today is about much more than commemorating the sacrifice of soldiers in past conflicts alone; it's about showing our support for the whole Armed Forces community, past and present.
"We owe our serving military personnel and veterans a huge debt of gratitude. Their commitment and sacrifice both here and overseas helps ensure our freedom and safety."
The parade will start at Cardiff Castle at 10:30am and travel through the city centre, followed by the Drum Head service at Coopers Field at 12pm.
Hundreds of service personnel will descend on Cardiff today as part of Armed Forces Day.
A contingent of cyclists from the Dutch city of Hertogenbosch will be among the special guests at the event in Cooper's Field in Bute Park, to commemorate a connection forged between two cities in 1944.
The mayor of Hertogenbosch, a choir and a brass band will join the team of cyclists who will carry a 'Torch of Freedom' from the 146 graves of Welshmen who fell in the liberation. The torch will be presented to the First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones.
Over 800 Service personnel, cadets and veterans will start the day with a parade at around 1100 led by the band of the Royal Marines. The puppet from the Wales Millennium Centre's production of War Horse will also be part of the parade.
A special flag-raising ceremony has been held at Cardiff Castle to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week.
The event will be held to commemorate those who serve and have served in the Forces.
The event is one of hundreds taking place throughout the UK.
An event will be held today in Cardiff to honour servicemen and women past and present.
The flag-raising ceremony, on the corner bastion of the city's castle wall, is part of of a UK-wide initiative that marks the beginning of Armed Forces Week.
The Lord Mayor will be joined by veterans, cadets and members of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Airforce.
The event is one of hundreds taking place today throughout the UK.
Elsewhere RAF Personnel from MOD St Athan will parade through Barry to commemorate 75 years of the Royal Air Force in South Wales and the 40th Anniversary of being granted the Freedom of the Vale of Glamorgan.
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