IT was a day to celebrate the work and sacrifices of our Armed Forces.
And the people of Huddersfield and Calderdale got into some forties spirit at events held as part of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.
The Huddersfield and District Army Veterans turned out on force to support the parade with the Royal British Legion to the War Memorial at Greenhead Park.
There, the Vicar of Huddersfield, the Rev Canon Simon Moor, conducted a short service attended by the Mayor of Kirklees, Clr David Ridgway.
Committee member Robert Sugden said: “The veterans assembled in sunshine but the short walk up to the memorial was accompanied by a severe downpour with hail. The hardy veterans continued manfully up the steps to the shelter provided by the memorial surrounds.
“They were a credit to the Association.”
Afterwards hot drinks were provided by Kirklees Council at the bandstand where Marsden Silver Prize Band played some rousing music for over an hour.
In Calderdale, young members of the Territorial Army joined veterans for a parade through Halifax.
Led by the West Yorkshire Police Band, they marched into the Piece Hall where the Mayor of Calderdale, Clr John Hardy, paid tribute the veterans for their sacrifice.
“We remember those members of the Yorkshire Regiment, currently in Afghanistan, and get ready to welcome them safely home,” the mayor said as he spoke of the importance of showing support for serving troops. He then thanked the veterans for their own sacrifices in wars gone by.
The parade then continued through the town centre to the Halifax Minster, where a service was held.
Waiting for the parade to arrive there were children from Old Earth Primary School in Elland, as well as Calderdale residents.
Joyce and Dennis Taylor, of Elland, attended and Mrs Taylor 67, said: “Showing our support is the least we can do.
“Parades like this show our forces at their best, it’s a wonderful sight.”
New mum Lindsey Hampson attended with her daughter Abigail, aged two-months.
Lindsey, 28, of Savile Park, added: “I didn’t know it was on but heard the band and stopped to watch.
“It’s good events like this take place because it focuses your mind on what people my age are doing, risking their lives in Afghanistan.
“I want Abigail to live in a peaceful world – they’re trying to give us that.”
REGALIA Calderdale Major Clr John Hardy, inset, reads a message during Armed Forces Day at the Piece Hall, Halifax