Article for Tiptree Tribune

6th November 2017

This week we will fall silent to remember the bravery, courage and sacrifice of our Armed Forces. As we stand at war memorials to commemorate Armistice Day, we also think of the horrors experienced by so many in war and conflict as well as those who did not make it back home. It is a humbling experience to lay wreaths at war memorials and also a great privilege to stand with our veterans and the families of service personnel to honour the fallen.

A hundred years ago battles raged in Europe, in other parts of the world and at sea as troops from Britain, the Commonwealth and our allies fought to defend our freedoms, democracy and values. A generation later the world found itself at war again in a conflict on a larger scale as Britain once again stepped forward to fight and defeat a sinister and evil threat to our freedom. Since then there have been further conflicts when Britain has stood up for freedom and our Armed Forces have been called upon to show the great bravery and courage that they are world famous for. Every time they have been called upon to perform their duty, they have done so in an outstanding manner displaying the highest levels of professionalism.

We must never forget their actions and we should all spend time this week reflecting on the fact that the freedoms and lifestyles we enjoy today could so easily have been lost if it was not for the bravery, courage and sacrifice of our Armed Forces. 

This part of Essex has strong links to our Armed Forces and over the years the brave men and women based at the Colchester Garrison have been called upon to fight for our country. They deserve our admiration and respect and we should always be proud to show our support for them.

In my Government role as Secretary of State for International Development, I see the consequences of war and conflict across the world and support initiatives to help those affected. Our service personnel are a force for good and stability in the world and have made our country safer and more secure.

As well as protecting our country and our interests, members of our Armed Forces act as role models for young people and I am pleased that many young people in this part of Essex are members of the Army Cadets or the Air Cadets. These fantastic groups help to nurture young people into exemplary adults with a great sense of responsibility and community. Many cadets will be collecting for the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal this week.

I hope that we will all be able to give generously to the Poppy Appeal and show our Armed Forces, veterans and their families how much we appreciate, respect and admire them.

If any local residents or businesses need help or assistance from me with any issue, they are welcome to get in touch. I can be contacted by email to: [email protected] by post to: Priti Patel MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, or by telephone on: 020 7219 3528.

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