Armed forces day 2012

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Thousands of service personnel and their families cheered as Corporal Johnson Beharry carried the Olympic Flame through the National Memorial Arboretum on Armed Forces Day

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The Band of the Irish Regiment and members of the 2 Mercian Regiment followed L/Cpl Beharry

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L/Cpl Beharry said: "Armed Forces Day is important to see the general public is behind us."

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The day is marked to raise awareness of the contribution made by the Army, Navy and RAF, and to allow the public to demonstrate their appreciation

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More than 100 events, ranging from veterans' parades and bands to barbecues and fairs were held to mark Armed Forces Day

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Prime Minister David Cameron said: "It's vitally important that we remember the sacrifices that the armed forces and their families make every day for the safety of our country."

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Former members of the Armed Forces march as part of Armed Forces Day at Lingfield Park

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Veterans on parade at the Armed Forces National Event in Plymouth