Julian Ware-Lane, Labour PPC for Southend West, on Remembrance

Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day gives the nation the chance to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who fought, were injured, and died, to preserve our liberty. We can show our gratitude to the Armed Forces and recognise those who served their country. This year’s commemorations are particularly poignant because they mark the one hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War, in 1914.

It is an incredible tribute to our servicemen and women and veterans, and their families, to see such high attendances at Remembrance Services.

It is also a time to wish for peace.

Julian Ware-Lane says; “For many it is an incredibly personal occasion. Most families have been touched by the sacrifices made by those who served, mine included. I always think of my grandfather, a twenty-six year old when he gave his life for his country in northern France in 1917, on Remembrance Day.”

At a time when so many millions gather together to thank the Armed Forces, it’s sad to think that those who fight for our country might need the protection of our laws, but some do. That’s why Labour is supporting a change to the law so that discrimination against the Armed Forces would be illegal and for the first time ever it would be a specific criminal offence to attack servicemen and women. Labour is also committed to enshrining the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant in the NHS Constitution, to ensure that those with physical or psychological injuries receive proper care and support. And we are also committed to introducing a Veterans Register, so that those leaving the Armed Forces can access health, housing and employment services to help them transition to civilian life.

Labour is a patriotic party that is proud of our Armed Forces and veterans and their families. We will honour the Armed Forces Covenant, and ensure that our servicemen and women are treated with dignity and respect. Their bravery and dedication deserves no less.

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