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Thousands descend on Lisburn for Armed Forces Day in Northern Ireland

Over Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event.
Pic Michael Cooper/McAuley Multimedia
Over Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Michael Cooper/McAuley Multimedia
Over Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Michael Cooper/McAuley Multimedia
Minister of Defence, people and veterans Tobias Ellwood MP looks on pictured during Armed Forces Day..Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Lord Lt for County Antrim Joan Christie pictured during Armed Forces Day..Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Over Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Michael Cooper/McAuley Multimedia
Over Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Michael Cooper/McAuley Multimedia
Lord Lt for County Antrim Joan Christie pictured during Armed Forces Day..Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Lord Lt for County Antrim Joan Christie pictured during Armed Forces Day..Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE..McAuley Multimedia 22/06/19...Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Starting at 10.30am a parade of serving personnel, cadets and veterans with accompanying regimental bands made its way through the city centre to Wallace Park. Crowds lined the streets to show their support for those who selflessly risk their lives for others. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Lord Lt for County Antrim Joan Christie pictured during Armed Forces Day..Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
REPRO FREE..McAuley Multimedia 22/06/19...Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Michael Cooper/McAuley Multimedia
Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Michael Cooper/McAuley Multimedia
Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Michael Cooper/McAuley Multimedia
Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event. Pic Michael Cooper/McAuley Multimedia
Over 15,000 people came to Lisburn to show their support for the Armed Forces at the regional Armed Forces Day event.

Thousands of people have descended on Lisburn for Armed Forces Day.

The event included a fly past by the Red Arrows, a military parade of serving soldiers and veterans through the city and parachute landings.

Veterans Minister Tobias Ellwood and DUP leader Arlene Foster were among the VIP guests who attended.

Lisburn and Castlereagh Council estimated that more than 15,000 people came to the city for the event, including the parade and displays at Wallace Park.

Local mayor Alan Givan described it as a "fitting day to show the council's support for our troops".

"I was honoured as mayor to take the salute from the parade as it passed the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum," he said.

"Lisburn has a long military history and it was fantastic to host a parade of armed forces regiments with their bands, cadets and veterans in our garrison city.

"It really was a fitting day to show the council's support for our troops; and I would like to thank everyone who came to Lisburn to show their support for our veterans, current troops and future generations of service personnel."

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