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UK celebrates Armed Forces Day

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Red Arrows fly overThe Red Arrows will be taking part in the Armed Forces Day celebrations

A volley of celebratory gun blasts will start Armed Forces Day in honour of service personnel.

The fifth national event starts with an artillery regiment firing weapons at Nottingham Castle.

Hundreds of further celebrations are planned from the Orkney Islands to Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Armed Forces Day recognises the contribution made by service personnel past and present. Members of all three services take part.

About 60,000 people attended the main Armed Forces Day national event in Plymouth in 2012. The Earl of Wessex, representing the Queen and the Royal Family, took the salute as a parade of more then 1,200 Forces personnel, veterans and cadets marched through the city streets and on to Plymouth Hoe.

This year's event will feature a tri-service parade from Nottingham's castle to the Old Market Square for a drumhead service attended by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

The Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, will fly over and, at the service's conclusion, current and historic craft from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force will also fly past - including the RAF's latest multi-role fast jet, the Typhoon.

There will be Royal Navy and Royal Marines displays on the River Trent, and members of the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team will land on Victoria Embankment.

'Recognising varied work'

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will close the day in Nottingham.

An Armed Forces spokesman said the day was "an opportunity... to recognise the sheer variety of work our armed forces do, both at home and abroad".

Further support has come from defence minister Mark Francois who launched the Corporate Covenant, giving businesses and charities the opportunity to sign an official commitment to help improve the lives of the Armed Forces, their families and veterans.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Ed Miliband said the party would give military veterans guaranteed "special provision" in the NHS and would amend the health service to give specific protection to those who fought for their country.

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