Published 27 June 2009

On this, the first Armed Forces Day, I am delighted to send to all servicemen and women, veterans, and Service families, my warm good wishes. I am pleased to note that many schools, communities and businesses in towns and cities across the United Kingdom are holding special events and ceremonies today and over the coming days to register the deep and enduring gratitude that we as a nation have for all those who have served their country.

Please convey my appreciation and thanks to them all.

ELIZABETH R