Gordon and Sarah Brown at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent
Tens of thousands of people across the UK have been marking the first ever Armed Forces Day by paying tribute to British servicemen and women.
The government changed the name from Veterans Day to raise awareness and appreciation for those on active duty.
The Queen attended a ceremony in Edinburgh and around 200 other events were held across the country.
This year's main national celebration was held at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent.
The official party included Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and the Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup.
Mr Brown said: "The people that have come here today have shown the high esteem and regard in which they hold the Armed Forces of our country.
"The Armed Forces who do so much, the families who make such sacrifices. I don't think we say thank you enough, today is our chance to say it and say it with one voice, thank you very much to our Armed Forces."
Members of the Royal Navy, Army and RAF took part in the Chatham parade
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