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cROWDS waving flags lined the streets outside Cardiff Castle yesterday as the Armed Forces Day parade marched through the city centre.
Blue skies appeared as service personnel, cadets and veterans made their way past the historic landmark.
Music filled the streets as pipers from Newport, Swansea and Bideford and the s-Hertogenbosch Brass Band, from Holland, joined the parade.
The parade was followed by a special Drum Head service in Coopers Field.
First Minister Carwyn Jones was among those who turned out to watch the public display. The special event marked the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1 as well as the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Dutch City of s-Hertogenbosch by the 53rd Welsh Division in 1944.
After the parade, families were able to enjoy a day of entertainment in Bute Park, including a fly-past by the Royal Air Force and an exhibit by The Royal Signals White Helmet motorcycle display team.
Displays were also given by the South Wales Police Dog Section and Military and Cadet Bands.
Parades similar to the one in Cardiff also took place in other parts of Wales and around the UK.
In Swansea, exhibits and Armed Forces vehicles were on display around Castle Square while the flag raising ceremony took place at 11am.
After midday, the 215 City of Swansea Squadron Military Band then marched from the Grand Theatre to Castle Square. A parade was led by the 948 Squadron ATC Band in Pembrokeshire, stopping at Pembroke Castle where a service of thanksgiving was held. And in Abergavenny, a parade through the town passed the World War I memorial and was followed by a church service at 6.30pm.
The event also marked the start of Abergavenny's WWI centenary events.
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Pipers from Newport, Swansea and Bideford at the Armed Forces day parade takes in Cardiff City centre yesterday
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