Ninety years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns of the western front fell silent. It was an end to four years of fighting, the most horrific conflict the world has ever seen. So at 11 o’clock this morning we stood in silence to remember all of the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today. And we commemorated those who died in the Great War and in conflicts since — World War Two, Korea, Northern Ireland, the Falklands, the Gulf, the Balkans, and now in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I went to the Remembrance Sunday service in Crewe's Municipal Square. First time I've been since the memorial was moved. I thought the service was very fitting and the venue really works, it makes you wonder what all the fuss was about. There was an excellent turnout from local people, it looked like they were eight deep all around the square. I thought the whole service was very well organised, congratulations to the Borough Council, the Royal British Legion and all involved.
The family were attending services all over the North West. My son was marching with his Scout group in Eccles with mum looking on and my youngest daughter was in Sandbach with her granny.
With British forces still on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was an opportunity to show them our support as well as remember the millions who have died in past wars and conflicts. Back in 1918 people hoped the Great War would be the war to end all wars, but sadly that was not to be.
The Poppy Appeal