Today marked the start of a week-long celebration of British troops and their families ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.
The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Keith McLean, raised a flag outside the council civic offices where special guests and members of the public came together to commemorate the occasion.
Leader of MK Council, Councillor Pete Marland said: “This year we have focused on the fact it is a celebration.
“It is a celebration of our armed forces and their families and what they leave behind to go and serve the country.
“Rather than a remembrance, because we have a day for that in November, we have concentrated on bringing out the good because people always like a celebration and it was fantastic.”
> The public, serving and ex-service personnel and their families are invited to come along to show their support at the Armed Forces Day big event for Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire on Saturday, 27 June, from 1pm until 7pm.
An air show will be the highlight of the event due to be held at Aylesbury Rugby Club, Weston Turville (HP22 5RN).
The event includes live music, craft stalls and other activities as well as a fly past by WW2 vintage Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes.
All armed forces servicemen current and previous and their families are invited to contact the local branch of the Royal British Legion for details about free tickets.
The public wishing to enjoy a great day out while at the same time support the armed forces, can buy tickets at www.buckscc.gov.uk/armedforcesday/ or call 01296 395000.
And if you wish to volunteer to help on the day with running the event please register your interest here at www.buckscc.gov.uk/afdvolunteers