Pride on parade as forces gather in Grangemouth

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People of all ages took to the streets to support armed services personnel who battled for them in the past and continue to fight for them in the present.

Royal British Legion Scotland, organisers of Armed Forces Day, which took place in Grangemouth town centre last Saturday, say the event is not so much a memorial or act of remembrance as it is a celebration to praise the efforts of the men and women who have served and who continue to serve their country in conflicts and operations around the world.

Classic military vehicles joined the marchers on Saturday

Classic military vehicles joined the marchers on Saturday

Like last year’s event, the parade included veterans, cadets, pipe bands, local elected officials and members of the public old and young who felt it was their duty to turn out in a physical display of gratitude for the sacrifices of the service men and women.

Also returning this year were the vintage military vehicles and the Royal British Legion Scotland motorcyclists.

A RBL Scotland spokesman said: “Armed Forces Day is not a sombre reflection like Remembrance Day. It’s a chance for people to show their support and thanks to service personnel past and present.

“The parade also raises public awareness of the contribution of those currently serving their country or those who have served.”