Watch as thousands of armed forces parade through the streets of Liverpool

Members of the Royal British legion riders branch stop off in Queen's Square

It was a day of celebration as crowds came together to learn more about what the Armed Forces do and to offer up their thanks for their work.

Blackpool is celebrating Armed Forces Day today with a full day of music, entertainment and military themed displays.

Speaking after the event, Mr Ramsay said: "I was delighted to witness the raising of the commemorative Armed Forces Day flag and to take part in this heartfelt tribute to all those who serve or have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces".

"The men and women who serve or have served in the Armed Forces often sacrifice so much for our freedom so it is vital we show our gratitude and recognise the vital contribution the armed forces community make to our country".

"The Scottish Government wants to do all we can to support the Armed Forces community and, along with local authorities, we are working hard to help on healthcare, housing, education and other issues".

A further £40,000 will go on supporting families and the integration of armed forces children in schools.

Meanwhile in Aberdeen, Vice Lord-Lieutenant Andrew Lawtie took the salute as the parade passed the city's Town House, where he was joined by Lt Col Phil Fox, commanding officer of the Aberdeen Universities Officers Training Corps (AUOTC), Lieutenant Malcolm Garrington of the Royal Navy and Squadron Leader Paul Whitford, who was representing the Royal Air Force.

Also speaking at the national event in Liverpool, British Defense Minister Michael Fallon added that the work of servicemen and women overseas "keeps us safer here at home".

Among them was the Earl of Wessex, the Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson at the event on the city's Pier Head.