EVENTS will be taking place all over the country today to mark the national Armed Forces Day.
Once a year the nation comes together to show its support for the men and women serving in war zones abroad.
The Army says public support for the forces provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families.
On Monday, a group of 60 children from Shotton Hall Primary school helped to raise the union flag at the Durham Light Infantry Museum to herald the start of armed forces week.
The youngsters were joined by Durham County Council’s chairman, Councillor Dennis Morgan, and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Professor John Anstee.
Today, there will be free family entertainment at County Hall and everyone is encouraged to take a picnic.
Seventy veterans will be presented with their Veteran Badges which will be presented in the Council Chamber, honouring their service to their country.
Activities for children include a climbing wall, sitting in a fire engine or driving simulator, while local air and army cadets will provide camouflage face painting.
The Band of Burma Bugles will provide the soundtrack for the day, with an open air concert playing military favourites, before finishing with Beating the Retreat and Sunset at 6pm.
Hartlepool Mail reader Keith Fisher snapped this impressive looking warship anchored off Tynemouth on Thursday afternoon.
Keith said: “None of the locals were expecting her indeed everyone was quite taken aback.”