THOUSANDS of people turned out to honour members of the Armed Forces past and present at a special event at the National Memorial Arboretum.
The site, near Alrewas, was packed with people wanting to pay their respects, with veterans and families standing alongside cadets and other well-wishers.
The day-long event, on Saturday, was the sixth event to be held at the national remembrance site since the conception of annual Armed Forces Day.
Sarah Montgomery, managing director of the Arboretum, said: “Armed Forces Day is about people of all ages and backgrounds coming together to share and remember.
“We are delighted that so many people came to the National Memorial Arboretum for this special day and to commemorate the contribution made by the Armed Forces community to our country.”
Armed Forces cadets and scouts from Burton were among the crowds which turned out to take part in the event, which followed the raising of an Armed Forces flag at venues across the UK earlier in the week.
A host of activities took place during the day to entertain visitors of ball ages, including a circus skills workshop and children’s craft activities and cadet drill display, and performances from acts including Cannock Ex-Serviceman’s choir and The Trinity Dance Group.
There was a cadet drill display and a demonstration from the Royal Army Training Corps gym.
A planned flypast by an aircraft from the First World War was unable to take place because of the weather, but an appearance by the RAF Dakota brightened the skies for those gathered at the site.
The special day also provided an opportunity for the money from last year’s Ride to the Wall event to be presented to the Arboretum.
A cheque for a record £82,750 was given to representatives of the organisation, made up from donations at the annual event.
It brings the total raised through the event to £316,000.