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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 July, 2005, 09:14 GMT 10:14 UK
Veterans' parade at military show
Military vehicles at the War and Peace Show in Kent
The five-day War and Peace Show was expecting 100,000 visitors
A million poppy petals are being dropped from the sky on Sunday as a military show in Kent marks the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The War and Peace Show, at the Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood, is in its 23rd year.

It features displays of more than 3,500 tanks and military vehicles as well as live battle re-enactments.

The poppies are part of a Service of Thanksgiving attended by nearly 300 war veterans from the South East.

A Piper Seneca PA34 aircraft is dropping the petals onto the veterans' parade.

One of the main organisers was 85-year-old Albert Figg, a Normandy veteran originally from Wiltshire but now living in Canterbury.

He landed in France on 24 June 1944 with the 43rd Wessex Division of the 112 Field Regiment Royal Artillery.

Mr Figg told the BBC News website that he felt "a little bit overwhelmed" at being involved in the WWII anniversary celebrations.

A show spokeswoman said the parade and service were a "nice touch at the end of the event".

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10 Jul 05 |  England


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