Thousands attend Armed Forces Day

Published Saturday, 21 June 2014
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Thousands of people have attended the first ever Armed Forces Day in Newtownards.

Held in the Co Down town, the event included a host of military exhibitions, parades and an impressive aerial display.

The event was the first time local people have had the opportunity to witness a combined operation with both land and air troops and equipment at close quarters.

The highlight of the day was the combined capability demonstration with land and air service personnel carrying out an attack/rescue situation.

The chart-topping Military Wives Choir also performed for the many people in attendance.

Ards Borough Mayor, Councillor Philip Smith, said: "This was an opportunity for us to pay tribute to all those serving in the forces.

"We had people from the borough, all over the province and further afield to see what the military had to offer and for them to make their tribute."

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in Belfast wrote (122 days ago):
Glorification of military hardware just what our community needs ...
Deeko in Armed forces day Ards wrote (123 days ago):
What a fantastic day out with the family.Well done troops, you makes us all very proud for what you do.
well done guys in ards wrote (123 days ago):
I attended the event and it was a great day out for all who where there, well done to all the people who took part, it was well organized and I hope it happens again next year?
Marc in Newtownards wrote (123 days ago):
fantastic day out. Air display was very impressive. #UpTheForces
Belfast in Belfast wrote (123 days ago):
Great family day out well worth the travel. Good to see so many familys supporting armed forces day. Plenty for the kids to do. Nice cool beer a burger and plenty to watch well done to all that to part. And it was great to see so many cadets there taken part. knowing that our wee country still plays a big role with the arm forces is good to see. Thank you all for a great day.
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