“Our service personnel are the best and bravest in the world, and a never ending source of inspiration” – Russell Brown MP

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Saturday 30th June 2012

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By Russell Brown MP, Shadow Defence Minister for International Security Strategy

This summer has seen a surge in British pride, with the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics sparking public displays of real passion, but nothing embodies the best of British more than the courageous men and woman who put their lives on the line to protect our national security. Our service personnel are the best and bravest in the world, and a never ending source of inspiration.

The last Labour Government established Veterans Day in 2006 and then Armed Forces day in 2009. It is easy to forget that it is a relatively recent addition to the calendar, but the level of public involvement shows just how strongly people feel about our military.

This year, there are again hundreds of events taking place across the UK as thousands of people show their respect for our troops, who have served our country with such distinction. Past and present, in Afghanistan and across the world, they continue to make us all proud. In particular, my thoughts are with the fallen and the injured, who have sacrificed so much for our country.

As a Shadow Defence Minister, it is a tremendous privilege for me to speak to servicemen and women and I am always in awe at the feats they have accomplished. Their unstinting professionalism, despite the many dangers they face, is truly humbling.

Often it is the military families who find service the hardest. They are the unseen heroes upon which those on the frontline depend. With their loved ones far from home, they deserve our utmost support and appreciation.

On Armed Forces Day the country will come together to pay tribute to our military. As we reflect and say thanks, for the men and women on the frontline it will be another day in which they are putting themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe. And for that, we owe them a debt of gratitude which can never be repaid.

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