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Not Long Now... Relive Last Year's Armed Forces Day In Liverpool

With this year's Armed Forces Day fast approaching, we thought you might like to relive 2017's event in Liverpool, which saw the British...

With this year's Armed Forces Day fast approaching, we at Forces Network thought you might like to relive 2017's event in Liverpool.

All branches of the British military were celebrated in Merseyside, with the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force all parading through the city. 

The national event saw thousands of people flock to Liverpool, which has long had an association with the forces.

It saw 1,000 serving personnel, veterans, cadets and marching bands parade through the city, saluting the crowds.

The Royal Marines took part in an unarmed combat display and RAF dog handlers showcased their skills.

There were also flypasts from the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The Earl of Wessex took the salute from a dais on the Liverpool docks, alongside the Prime Minister and the Defence Secretary.

Then-Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon then walked around the various military villages, meeting serving personnel from all areas of the UK Armed Forces.

Presenter Tim Cooper brought us all the colour and atmosphere as he followed the procession through the streets of Liverpool, while there were also special reports celebrating the work of the British military in the UK and around the world.

We also looked back at Liverpool's wartime history, when the city was the destination of many wartime Atlantic convoys and home to the Western Approaches Command, which controlled maritime traffic.

As a result, the city suffered heavy bombing losing many buildings and lives.