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Hundreds pay respects at National Memorial Arboretum

Hundreds of people attended a ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today.

The names of those who have been killed in recent conflicts are carved on the wall around the memorial.

Chuck Hall, a veteran of 20 years service, said:

I've come from Derby today but actually I've come from Canada, to Derby, for today... I've come to remember my buddies... I served 20 years.

Bert Hayward served in Korea and said:

I come here three, four, five times a year to pay my respects for those that have gone and those that are still serving.

A motorcycle group called Ride To The Wall has raised more than £300,000 to help with the upkeep of the arboretum which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

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Celebrations across region to mark Armed Forces Day

Today is Armed Forces Day Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Celebrations will take place across the region today to mark Armed Forces Day.

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is holding a number of commemorative and celebratory events, including a Service of Tribute, parade and flypast.

The day gives the country an opportunity to pay tribute to serving troops, veterans, cadets and their families.


Armed Forces Covenant to be signed in Leicester

Armed Forces marching through Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

The Armed Forces Community Covenant will be signed in Leicester today.

It is a scheme to improve links between the military and members of the public. Under it, charities, councils, businesses and individuals will be encouraged to provide support to servicemen, women and their families.

Mayor of Leicester, Peter Soulsby said:

"The city council has a strong commitment to supporting the armed forces community. We are planning a welcome home parade for the Royal Anglian Regiment returning from Afghanistan in 2014, together with a number of events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War."

Thousands expected at Armed Forces motorcycle event

Thousands of motorcyclists from around the country are expected at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today.

Motorcyclists on their way to last year's event Credit: ITV News Central

The event is the sixth annual Ride to the Wall motorcycle event and gives bikers the opportunity to show their support for the Armed Forces.

Thousands of bikers are expected to attend today's event Credit: ITV News Central
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