In pictures: Scotland celebrates Armed Forces Day

Armed forces members march past Edinburgh Castle. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Armed forces members march past Edinburgh Castle. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

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Parades and a series of fly-pasts marked Armed Forces Day in Scotland.

The celebration included events across the country, with bands, music and civic receptions.

Picture: Wattie Cheung

Picture: Wattie Cheung

The RAF will took part by flying over Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee.

Marches were held in the three cities, as well as Aberdeen, during the day.

In Glasgow, Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, in her role as Lord Lieutenant, led celebrations in George Square.

“It is important that our serving military and our veterans know they have the support of this city and the whole of Britain,” she said.

“And, of course, next year we are recognising the contribution of the Royal Marines who celebrate their 350th anniversary in 2014 by awarding them the Freedom of the City. Glasgow will also lead a national event to mark the beginning of the First World War, which will include a special service at Glasgow Cathedral.”

Rear Admiral Hockley, of the Royal Navy, who is also in Glasgow, said: “The Armed Forces Day service is a particularly special occasion for all our servicemen and women, full-time and reserve, serving or retired, as it is an event organised by communities to show support for our sailors, marines, soldiers and airmen and the work which they do on behalf of our country around the world.

“We appreciate the honour which Glasgow has bestowed on us with this special service and continue to thank the public for their unstinting and fond support.”

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