Chairman's Remembrance Day message

A message from Chiltern District Council Chairman, Cllr Nigel Shepherd, as Remembrance Day (11 November) will be marked in towns and villages all over the country on Sunday, 12 November in tribute to those who have served their nation, many having made the ultimate sacrifice.

Remembrance is not just about those who fought in the two World Wars of the last century, but also about those involved in the many conflicts worldwide since 1945, and those still fighting today. It is about learning from the past and resolving to make the world a better place to live in the future.

We all have a part to play; local authorities, communities and individuals can all help do their bit by raising money, providing practical and emotional support - sometimes simple acknowledgement of what these brave men and women have on our behalf can make all the difference.

The annual Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in London is always a moving experience, a stark reminder of the huge sacrifice made, past and present.  Across the District, our Councillors will be laying wreaths in their communities in remembrance of our fallen servicemen and women, paying our respects.

Our more humble local events will be no less important and no less poignant than the Cenotaph service. What matters is that we pay our respects on this, and every, day for those prepared to defend our freedom, our culture and the principles we hold dear.

So, please buy a poppy, wear it with pride and spare some time to reflect on the price so many have paid, and continue to pay, for us. Keep their memories alive, lest we forget

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.