Armed Forces Day is our small way of saying a big thank you for everything that our armed forces do for us.
With forces posted all around the world, our armed forces and their families continue to bear a heavy burden to protect our security and our interests.
Nearly every Wednesday lunchtime, at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, we have a sad reminder of the enormous sacrifices that our armed forces make on our behalf. The Prime Minister pays tribute to those troops who have been killed on active service during the past week.
Yesterday, David Cameron said that he wanted British forces back from Afghanistan by 2015. Whilst we can’t set binding timetables for withdrawal – which will just give a fresh boost to the counter-insurgency forces and terrorist groups that we are fighting – we will cannot leave British forces in danger for a day longer than is necessary to achieve our aims.
Today is a day for giving thanks to those who continue to serve, and to the families who support them, and for remembering those who have sacrificed so much.