Published 26 June 2010

I warmly welcome all who are taking part in Armed Forces Day this year, celebrating Servicemen and women past and present, and the Cadet Forces.

The men and women of our Armed Forces have always been admirable examples of professionalism and courage. Then as now, they perform their duties in often the most difficult and dangerous of circumstances, both at home and overseas.

I am sure that the programme of events planned across the country on Armed Forces Day will be the setting for genuine and heartfelt celebrations, and will provide many with an opportunity to express their thanks for those who give so much.

ELIZABETH R.