LEADERS and members of the Royal Navy gathered in Portsmouth this morning to mark Armed Forces Day.
Among those attending the service in Guildhall Square, which included the raising of the Armed Forces flag, were councillors, sailors, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Frank Jonas, Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond and local school children.
The service was opened by The Reverend Canon Peter Leonard, from St Thomas’ Anglican Cathedral.
Prayers were read during the service, and Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, gave a speech to welcome the guests.
Cllr Jones said: ‘It’s massively important to Portsmouth because being home to the Royal Navy, thousands of servicemen live in this city and their families are here while they are away on deployment.
‘It’s about the nation saying thank you to these people. It’s not just a job for them, it’s a complete way of life.’
Elsewhere in the area, flag raising ceremonies were held in Fareham, Gosport and Havant, and a parade to mark both Armed Forces Day and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo took place in Havant.