“Remembrance Sunday is an important opportunity for us all to ensure that those who served and sacrificed to protect the freedoms we enjoy today are never forgotten.
“This year is a particularly poignant year of remembrance. We’ve seen our Union flag lowered for the final time in Afghanistan, as our country’s combat mission there came to an end. We’ve commemorated the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, and we’ve marked 70 years since the Normandy landings.
“We should also remember the families and loved ones they leave behind, our veterans who have left active service, and the charities who do so much to support them, particularly the Royal British Legion.
“I know people will be paying their own tributes in huge numbers across the country, as people come together to think about those who marched off 100 years ago to serve in the trenches, those who would do the same in the Second World War and all those who have served and fallen since.
“In this important year of remembrance, I know we will remember them all.”
Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, said:
“Remembrance Sunday gives the nation the chance to show its gratitude to our Armed Forces, past and present, for what they have done and continue to do for us all.
“This year the commemorations are particularly poignant for our brave men and women who have served in Afghanistan. I pay tribute to them and their families. They will be thinking of their comrades who served alongside them and made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe and secure, and my thoughts and those of the entire country will be with the loved ones of those 453 members of our Armed Forces who died in Afghanistan.”