Town halls across the west country will be honouring servicemen and women by flying the special Armed Forces Day flag this week. One will be raised at the Municipal Offices in Cheltenham this morning in the run up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday.
Events have been held across the West Country to mark Armed Forces Day. Plymouth is playing host to the national celebration with the Prime Minister and His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex joining the crowds in a show of support for servicemen and women.
Tamsin Eames reports on the days events.
Our reporter Julie Skentelbery has spent the day among the crowds talking to people about the day's importance.
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13 MINUTES AGODavid Cameron: 'This is about celebrating the enormous contribution the Armed Forces make'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 cheered troops as they paraded through Plymouth to mark the start of Armed Forces Day.
David Cameron and the Earl of Wessex attended the national event which supports British troops around the world.
There was a parade of about 1,200 service personnel, veterans and cadets on Plymouth Hoe.
Plymouth is the headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade.
The city council plans to close a number of roads for the fourth UK Armed Forces Day.
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