National Memorial Arboretum marks Armed Forces Day
- 28 June 2014
- From the section Stoke & Staffordshire
Almost 4,000 people turned out for a special service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to mark Armed Forces Day.
The arboretum, which is a national site of remembrance near Alrewas, has held a service of tribute to the armed forces for the past six years, since Armed Forces Day was conceived.
This year's service included a pilgrimage and wreath-laying, a male voice choir performance and a Dakota flypast.
There was also an £82,750 cheque presentation made up of donations to the arboretum.
Angela Ham, administration manager at the arboretum, said: "The Royal Army physical training corps did a gym display and there were various other activities such as choirs, dance troupes, bands playing and a cadet drill display team.
"We had all sorts of different services from the armed forces coming together."
Poor weather meant a planned World War One flypast had to be cancelled - but the RAF was able to send a Dakota to the arboretum instead.
Armed Forces Day was introduced in the UK six years ago.
It is intended as a day for people to show their support for service personnel and their families, veterans and the cadet forces.