GUEST COLUMN: Take time to remember, by Mark Spencer MP

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I think it’s important this week to talk about Remembrance, Armistice Day and the Poppy Appeal, as we all take time out to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.

Sometimes I think these days we are guilty of taking our freedom and liberty for granted, and it’s important to take just a few minutes to think and to remember that actually it comes at great cost.

The further on we move through history the more important it is to keep that tradition alive and to pass it on to our children for the future.

We don’t just remember those that died in the First and Second World Wars of course, as I like to think that we are commemorating everyone who has made that sacrifice for our country right up to the present day, and those that continue to put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect us in warzones and dangerous environments across the world.

That’s why we take just a few minutes out of our day to remember, and why so many attend the marches, parades and ceremonies on Remembrance Sunday.

This week in Parliament I took part in a sponsored bike ride for the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, raising money for the charity that have done so much to support our servicemen and women for so long.

It was great fun on the day, but I hope can also help and promote the important message that comes with the Poppy Appeal.

Parliament of course plays a big role in supporting our Armed Forces and it’s vital that we continue to do that, to protect our military personnel and in turn to provide security for everybody here at home.

That’s only possible through a strong and growing economy, that gives us the ability to provide the resources that are needed.

I hope you’ll play your part this week, and take a few minutes to remember.

• Email me at mark.spencer.mp@parliament.uk or visit www.markspencermp.co.uk.