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Hero carries Torch on Forces Day
Corporal Johnson Beharry carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through the National Memorial Arboretum
Thousands of service personnel and their families applauded as an Iraq War veteran holding the highest military honour for valour carried the Olympic Torch through the UK's centre of remembrance to mark Armed Forces Day.
Around 6,000 people waving Union flags cheered as Victoria Cross winner Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry carried the flame up the steps of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, pausing to salute his comrades.
Speaking afterwards, L/Cpl Beharry said it had been an "emotional" experience.
He said: "It was very emotional (carrying the torch) because of the reason why I am here - to see the turnout is amazing and being here on Armed Forces Day as well.
"Armed Forces Day is important to see the general public is behind us and support us for what we do."
He also said he hoped to be going along to watch a few events at the Olympics.
L/Cpl Beharry won the Victoria Cross in 2004, becoming the first living recipient of the decoration since 1969.
The Caribbean-born hero earned the honour for saving the lives of 30 comrades by charging down an ambush and has since overcome terrible wounds to continue his military career.
As he carried the torch up to the memorial today, 30,000 poppies were dropped on the crowd by a paraglider flown by Major Alastair Macartney from Jump4Heroes, a charity which helps the Armed Forces as part of the Royal British Legion.
The Band of the Irish Regiment and members of the 2 Mercian Regiment followed L/Cpl Beharry. The Mercian Ram, Lance Corporal Derby, mascot of the 2 Mercian Regiment, was also in attendance.