It is extremely humbling to look around this Garden of Remembrance and see such an array of crosses, each cross representing a life lost in the service of this country and each one remembered here today.
It is a particularly poignant reminder that the significance of the poppy is as relevant today as it ever was. Our Armed Forces continue to be engaged in operations overseas where, sadly, almost on a daily basis, young men and women are being injured or losing their lives for their country.
Each life lost leaves a heartbroken family, whether it is a young war widow, a child, a parent, a brother or sister, a colleague or a friend.
I therefore hope that it gives some comfort to grieving families of all generations to know that we, as a nation, do and will remember them.