Armistice Day 2018 and 100 years of remembrance.
2018 marks 100 years since the guns fell silent and the world’s first truly global war ended. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today. This year is the centenary of the Armistice of the First World War, the day on which hostilities ceased on the Western Front at 11 o’clock in the morning.
To mark this significant anniversary, I join with The Royal British Legion in saying ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation. The Royal British Legion are calling on the nation to stand together to celebrate the legacy they left us and the values they upheld. To thank nurses and soldiers, factory workers and porters. To thank the people of all nations and not just those who fell on the battlefields, but also those who played their part on the home front and those who returned to build a better future for generations to come. On this, the 100th anniversary of the end of fighting, together we will say ‘Thank You’ so that the legacy, sacrifice and values of a generation are never forgotten.
I want to say thank you to all our great grandparents in Sheffield for the part they took in the war. To those who went abroad, those who never returned, and those who helped in so many ways at home. Thank you. Their generation faced a devastation of world war I hope we never see again. Their efforts built a new, better world. A world with rights, and freedoms gained for people, nations and workers. I hope all in Sheffield will be joining myself, The Royal British Legion, and the country in remembering the sacrifices made by the generations before us this Sunday on the centenary of the end of World War One.
And whilst we commemorate the ending of the First World War, the war which should have ended all wars, we should also remember the sacrifices of our Armed Forces during the Second World War and all other conflicts where all gave some and some gave all.
To all those who served we owe a debt, a debt we should always remember.