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Cornwall Celebrates Armed Forces Day
7:02am 22nd June 2013
Cornwall celebrates Armed Forces Day.
Falmouth is hosting this year's event, where we get to thank servicemen and women for what they do.
There will be aerial displays and the chance to get on board battleships.
Flight Lieutenant Jeff Spencer from RAF St Mawgan says it is about re-connecting with the Duchy: "It's nice that people are taking the time to come out and thank us for what we're doing, to talk to us. They want you to ask them what's happening, for them to explain what their jobs are about, and that's part of what it's about. It's just a mutual understanding.
"The British public, I think they do like their Armed Forces. And this is a nice opportunity for us to help to explain to them what we're doing and why we're doing it. And as the Forces reduce in numbers, it becomes more and more important for us to get out into the public, and also for the public to see behind the wire."
The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho, OBE, said: "As Lord Lieutenant I very much support the concept of Armed Forces Day, honouring our brave and dedicated service personnel and their families and all who support them in their duties.
"The 2013 day in Falmouth is set to be extremely impressive and an ideal way to honour Britain's Armed Forces - past, present and future."
Richard Gates, Falmouth Town Manager said: "Armed Forces Day Cornwall promises to be a day not to be missed. Falmouth Town Council has been integral, working with many other partners to ensure the size and scale of the event really celebrates our Armed Forces and showcases the town. Activities have been planned at numerous venues to ensure everyone visiting has a chance to experience everything going on and explore our great town and businesses."
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