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Hundreds turn out to celebrate Armed Forces

The crowds at Blackpool war memorial to mark Armed Forces Week

The crowds at Blackpool war memorial to mark Armed Forces Week

Hundreds of soldiers – both past and present – paid their respects to fellow troops at a special service in honour of the country’s Armed Forces.

As Armed Forces Week was brought to a close, soldiers from the Army, Navy and RAF were on hand to round off days of poignant events at Blackpool war memorial
yesterday.

War heroes and veterans listened on as Blackpool Area Dean Cannon Simon Cox led a moving service, concluded with a stunning fly-past by Hurricane and Spitfire fighter planes.

Coun Chris Ryan, Blackpool Council’s Armed Forces champion, said: “2014 is such an important year in our history as we commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War and 70 years since the D-Day landings in Normandy.

“What we wanted this year’s Armed Forces Week to do was help us to remember and honour those who we have lost and commemorate their bravery and valour but also ensure that we can celebrate the best of the armed forces and the freedom they allow us.”

After the service, members of the Armed Forces, veterans and cadets joined in a short parade along the Promenade, watched on by flag-waving crowds.

 

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