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.
Speaking after attending Swindon’s Remembrance Day service, Anne Snelgrove, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for South Swindon said:
“It was an incredible tribute to our servicemen and women and veterans, and their families, to see such high attendances at Remembrance Services in Swindon. It was 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.
Mark Dempsey, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for North Swindon, said:
“Labour is a patriotic party that is proud of our Armed Forces, veterans and their families and it was an honour to attend today’s service, as both a local councillor, and part of the Swindon community. With Royal Wootton Bassett on our doorstep, Swindon residents know only too well the sacrifices our armed forces make to keep us safe. Today brought home the importance of honouring the Armed Forces Covenant, and ensuring that our servicemen and women are treated with dignity and respect. Their bravery and dedication deserves no less.”
The Labour Party is supporting a change to the law so that discrimination against the Armed Forces would be illegal and for the first time ever it would be a specific criminal offence to attack servicemen and women. Labour is also committed to enshrining the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant in the NHS Constitution, to ensure that those with physical or psychological injuries receive proper care and support. In addition, Labour have pledged to introduce a Veterans Register, so that those leaving the Armed Forces can access health, housing and employment services to help them transition to civilian life.