Blackpool has been named as the host of this year's National Veterans' Day.
National Veterans' Day was established in 2006
Thousands of people are expected in the resort on 27 June, after it beat off Liverpool, Glasgow, Manchester and Edinburgh for the event.
The announcement was made by Derek Twigg, the minister for veterans, at the Imperial War Museum in London.
Mr Twigg said that a number of "excellent bids" had been put forward for the national event but that Blackpool's "stood out".
"I congratulate them on the excellence of their bid," he added.
"Veterans are of all ages with a variety of different backgrounds, and they all deserve our recognition.
"Not only have they honoured their commitment to defend our country's interests in service, they have also used their skills and experiences to enrich their local communities."
Blackpool has been holding an annual Veterans' Week since 2005.
It was given £3.5m by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) to support events over a three-year period.
This year's Veterans' Week will run from 21 to 29 June.
Mayor of Blackpool, Robert Wynne, said: "Blackpool is absolutely delighted to have been chosen as the host for National Veterans' Day 2008.
"It's a great honour for the town.
"Blackpool has many historical links with the Armed Forces and has a special place in the hearts of many veterans."
The National Veterans Day was established in 2006 and is designed to thank ex-servicemen and women for their service.
Mr Twigg also announced an extension to eligibility for HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge.
All veterans can now apply, whereas previously it was available only for veterans who had served at any time up to 1970.