Tuesday, 1 July 2014

This weekend saw people across the UK stop to reflect on the contribution of our military personnel during Armed Forces Day.

This weekend saw people across the UK stop to reflect on the contribution of our military personnel during Armed Forces Day. This year is a particularly poignant one as it also marks the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

The sacrifice associated with military life is rarely endured alone – we must not forget the impact on the friends and families of those who serve too. They provide invaluable support to loved ones away from home and the contribution they make to local communities should never be underestimated.

I am proud of Britain's Armed Forces and believe they deserve to be treated with the utmost respect. That is why I am happy that Labour has pledged to outlaw discrimination against and abuse of members of the Armed Forces in the first year of a Labour Government. We are also committed to providing better support for veterans and those currently serving, along with those making the transition from military to civilian life.

As we go into the four years of commemoration for those who lost their lives in the Great War, we must look back and remember the sacrifices of those who went before us, and learn the lessons of how we can support and recognise the sacrifices of those who serve our country today.