Remembrance Sunday

This week we remember once again the sacrifice of thousands of service men and women who have, over many years, given their lives for our freedom, writes Peter Luff MP.

On Sunday, I will be attending the Remembrance Day service in Droitwich and will lay a wreath at the memorial in Victoria Square. In fact, it will be my last Remembrance Day service in Droitwich as the town’s MP, as I am standing down in April 2015 and next year I must be in Evesham. The Remembrance Day service always means a lot to me –I regard it as one of the most important occasions I attend as a Member of Parliament.

Of course on this day we remember the thousands of British troops that died during the First and Second World Wars. But, Remembrance Day also gives us an opportunity to remember those who continue to bravely serve in our armed forces.

Since World War Two there has only been one year, 1968, when no British service man or woman died in conflict. Our troops have continued without pause to risk their lives for the safety and protection of our country. We must never take this for granted.

During my time as a Defence Minister, I was fortunate enough to meet many of the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces. I was able to see for myself the sacrifices they made. But it also made me deeply proud that our country still produces such people to defend our country and make the world a better place than it would otherwise be.

It is always heart-warming to see the large turnout of local people at these Remembrance Day services, showing as it does that our armed forces and the work they continue to do for us is not forgotten.


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