Thousands of people turned up to welcome 40 Commando Royal Marines homecoming parade in Taunton on Wednesday, 17 November 2010.
Children from St George's Primary School in Taunton were on hand to welcome the marines.
Veterans also stood to attention ahead of the parade.
Leading the parade was Band of the Royal Marines, who were met with loud cheers from the crowds.
Some of the marines were in formal dress and marched up to the Market House in front of local dignatories.
Crowds braved the wet, windy weather to cheer 40 Commando as they marched through Taunton town centre.
The marines have recently completed a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan and yesterday had their service medals awarded to them.
The mayor, Jefferson Horsley met the marines and also gave a speech to welcome them home.
Mrs Pat Hunt the High Sheriff of Somerset also attended the parade.
Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox congratulated the marines on their efforts to improve security in Sangin, Helmand province.
Relatives of the Royal Marines reflected on the 14 lives lost during this operation.
The prayers were said by the Reverend Steven Kivett, from All Saints Church in Norton Fitzwarren, which is the nearest village to the unit's base.
As marines marched through flags were waved and there were more loud cheers from the crowds.
The Royal Marines said the march was a way of saying thank you for the huge amount of public support they have received during their gruelling tour.
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