Armed Forces Day and the Visit of The Olympic Torch
The National Memorial Arboretum

30 June 2012

The arrival of The Olympic Flame at The National Memorial Arboretum coincided with the celebration of Armed Forces Day - a national annual event now in its fourth year.

The Anglo-Boer War Staffords had been invited to the event to mark the start of the forces half-marathon in which different batallions compete against each other.

The Olympic Flame was taken to Memorial by Corporal Johnson Beharry VC - the first recipient of The Victoria Cross for 30 years, and the first living recipient since 1965. 

He was awarded the VC for twice saving members of his unit  (1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment) from ambushes in Al-Amarah, Iraq, in 2004.

During the parade there was a poppy drop from a Jump4Heroes paraglider, flown by Major Alastair Macartney, leader of The Royal British Legion's Extreme Human Flight Team, who released 30,000 petals onto the Armed Forces Memorial.
The Anglo-Boer War Stafford's cannon was used to mark the start of the race.