My most important duty of the year is the laying of a wreath on Remembrance Sunday at All Saints Church in Northampton town centre, to commemorate all our fallen servicemen and women, and it was a great honour to pay tribute once again to our war heroes.
Remembrance Sunday this year was different from those previously commemorated because of Covid-19 restrictions but it remains as important as ever. We will continue to remember those who have fallen in the service of their country.
This year, as ever, HM Armed Forces have been very busy around the world, despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, and have helped, and continue to help, with our handling of the pandemic emergency, being instrumental in the speedy building of our Nightingale Hospitals and helping in the distribution of billions of items of Personal Protective Equipment supplies as well as staffing testing sites.
Let us not forget the sacrifice and bravery of those who paid the ultimate price: young men and women who gave up their futures, loves, lives and dreams to ensure that the freedoms they once knew were protected; every war memorial in every village, every town and every city across our country is sacred and serves to remind us of the immeasurable gratitude that we owe to our armed forces, both past and present.