Poppies growing in a field while the sun shines above
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Statement on Remembrance Sunday

Today is a sombre day around the world. It is a day to reflect, to remember and to commemorate.

The subjects of our reflection, our remembrance and our commemoration are those who fought in their droves to protect their countries, and to secure the very principles and values that our democracies are built upon.

I have very few words to elaborate upon my gratitude and admiration for these young warriors, many of whom gave all they had—lives, families, partners—to follow in the footsteps of their fathers, grandfathers and many before them, in fighting for Queen and country.

What I will say, however, is that people often die twice—once when they pass, and the second when the last living memory of them fades. I vow, for as long as I live, to remember our fallen—those who enabled me to be where I am today—and to forever be indebted to them.

To end, I shall leave you with a famous few lines from the poem "For The Fallen" by Laurence Binyon: "At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."