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Bereaved families of troops meet in Loughborough

About 100 families who have lost loved ones serving in the armed forces have met up in Leicestershire to lay a wreath in their memory.

The Bereaved Families Support Group met up at the Queen's Park War Memorial Tower in Loughborough on Saturday afternoon.

Most members of the support group have lost family during conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The event forms part of several acts of remembrance over the weekend.

'Immense pride'

Chairman of the group Roger Bacon, whose son was the 95th member of the armed forced to be killed in Iraq in September 2005, said when he was told the news of his son's death it was "the most terrible moment of our lives".

"We remain immensely proud of Matthew [Major Matthew Bacon], of the leader he became, the lives he touched and the good work he did throughout his career.

"We think about Matthew every day," he added.

The weekend of activities in Loughborough will include readings and a minute's silence.

The Bereaved Families Support Group is recognised by the Ministry of Defence and administered by national military charity the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association Forces Help (SSAFA).

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