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Flags at full mast ahead of Armed Forces Day.

UNION flags will be raised at full mast today as preparations for this weekend's Armed Forces Day get under way.

Organisers say 10 Downing Street, Government departments, local authority buildings and businesses will all fly the flag to show support for the men and women of Britain's Armed Forces, past and present.

This Saturday's Armed Forces Day will be the sixth annual celebration of its type.

Rear Admiral Simon Williams, defence services secretary, said: "It is very heartening to see the support that the people of the United Kingdom continue to give to the Armed Forces.

"The respect and appreciation shown on Armed Forces Day by the people in communities up and down the country goes a long way to sustaining the high morale of the Armed Forces family, including regulars, reservists, veterans and their families."

Armed Forces Day is attracting a host of supporters from businesses such as British Telecom, NatWest, Asda and National Express, to celebrities and sports personalities including Andy Murray, Darcey Bussell and Stephen Fry.

Social media users are also being encouraged to adopt the Armed Forces Day "Twibbon".
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 23, 2014
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