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Remembrance Day a time to pay tribute

Friday, November 9, 2012

The men and women who serve in Britain’s Armed Forces make enormous sacrifices to protect us. Remembrance Sunday gives us the opportunity to honour those who have given their lives in the defence of our country and to support today’s Service community.

The Armed Forces make a unique contribution and we saw this recently during the Olympics. When it was at risk it was our Forces who stepped in and their professionalism made us proud and impressed the world as they helped deliver the best Olympics ever.

But it is in military operations that their courage and contribution is most apparent.  As in Libya, where the slaughter of innocents at the hands of a tyrant was halted, and we see it in Afghanistan where today there are 9,500 dedicated service personnel.  Our security at home is dependent on those who serve overseas.

We know that servicemen and women’s struggles, sacrifices and courage do not end when they leave the battlefield.  Whether through injury, trauma or even prejudice, huge challenges exist for veterans on their return home.  Whether by increasing support for those with mental health problems, supporting service children, helping veterans find work or tackling discrimination against those in uniform, we have a duty to respect honour and thank our service community.

Remembrance Sunday is so important.  We have the chance to honour those whose lives have been lost and to pay tribute to those who put their lives on the line in the name of national security and solidarity. This goes beyond just wearing a poppy.  It’s about a year-round approach to give members of the British Armed Forces, past and present, and their families the care and support they deserve.

Meg commented:

“I’m proud so many of my constituents choose to serve their community and their country so bravely in our Armed Forces, whether with the regulars or the Territorial Army. I will be attending on Sunday to honour those who face situations the majority of us never have to with some making the ultimate sacrifice.”

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