Remembrance Sunday is a chance for us all to reflect and remember those who died and were injured serving our country.
Take a moment to remember
Remembrance Sunday gives the nation the chance to show its gratitude to our Armed Forces and recognise those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. This year's commemorations are particularly poignant because they mark the one hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War, in 1914.
It is always an incredible tribute to our servicemen and women, veterans, and their families, to see such high attendances at Remembrance Services in Plymouth and so many people wearing poppies. It is an indication that as we reflect on the loss of that generation who went to war in 1914, we are also keenly aware of those who currently serve, most notably those who are returning home from Afghanistan and those who are contributing to the fight against Ebola in West Africa
My father was in the Royal Navy and my cousin served in Afghanistan with the army. I'm proud of them and their service to our country. They returned safe and well from duty but so many others did not. As Britain's involvement in Afghanistan draws to a close after a long and bloody war it is right that we remember those who fought and returned and those who did not.
We all lead busy lives but Remembrance Sunday is a chance for us all to stop what we would otherwise be doing and take a moment to thank those men and women who died and were injured to protect us, our way of life and safeguard the freedom we enjoy today.
Lighting up Charles Church
This year on 11 November I will also be attending the lighting up of Charles Church of the first time. I want to see this site as the centre of commemoration for all those who died during Plymouth's blitz and properly lighting up the church on 11 November from 6pm is a fitting tribute.
This is a test lighting where the City Council will be getting feedback. As a place to remember all those who died in the war I want to get feedback from people in Plymouth so we can make the case that the church should be lit all year round as a permanent reminder of those who died for our freedom.