Armed Forces Day is a relatively new holiday. The former Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced the plans for a day of thanks for the armed forces in 2006. The initial thought behind it was to commemorate the contribution of veterans, so that their achievement and sacrifices were not forgotten.
The first Armed Forces Day was then chosen on the 27th of June 2006 as it marked the investiture of the first Victoria Cross.
This year’s commemorations in Cardiff were celebrating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1. (There a small irony in that this day is shared with the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand -the catalyst for WWI).
A weeklong series of events have been held leading up to today. The centre point of the day has been the parade from Cardiff city centre leading up to Cardiff castle.
Later events included a Drum Head service on Coopers Field displays by the South Wales Police Dog Section, Military and Cadet Bands, The City of Newport Pipes & Drums, and the s-Hertogenbosch Brass Band and Choir.
There was also the opportunity for Military and Civilian charities to offer advice to those involved in the armed forces and their families.
After the parade you could see those taking part milling around Cardiff centre, which seemed to match the thought that these people who risk so much are around us.