To follow on from yesterday’s short blog, this morning I attended the annual remembrance Sunday service in my home town of Littlehampton. I was visiting as it was my dad’s birthday the past week, and it was great to see a number of family and friends.
What was especially significant about this service was the turnout of people. Back in the early 1990s I was briefly in the venture scouts and participated in the service as the standard bearer. I’ve always tried to participate in the service be it by attending a service in person or watching the Cenotaph service on TV.
I do recall some time ago there was talk of the service not being continued, and I suspect that was part of the turn of the century to put the conflicts of the 20th century behind us. However, the conflicts that have occurred in Afghanistan and Iraq, so the service of our forces needs to be continued.
So today, with a family heritage in the forces I wore a poppy and paid my respects. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.