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Cardiff military parade marks Armed Forces Day

More than a thousand serving military personnel have marched through Cardiff to mark Armed Forces Day. They joined veterans for the parade which began at Cardiff Castle.

The First Minister has said that we owe the military an "immense debt of gratitude".

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that a memorial will be built to commemorate all those who've lost their lives in Afghanistan.

Dean Thomas reports.


Activities for Armed Forces Day

The South Wales Armed Forces Day in Cardiff has become an important annual event which has grown both in Armed Forces, Veterans and their family's involvement and the support and attendance of the general public. I would like to thank everyone who has helped make it possible. The spectacular displays and activities make the day a fantastic family day out.

– Dave Morris, event organiser

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

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.

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.