Remembrance Day – What it Means to Me

Published on: November 8,2023 Published in: Forces Friendly News

Consultant Steen Stewart shares a poignant perspective on what this period signifies for him and the resonance the day holds for those who have served.

As a serving member of the UK Armed Forces, Remembrance holds profound significance. It’s not just about looking back at history but honouring the sacrifices made by countless individuals who laid down their lives for our freedom. 

Remembrance, to me, embodies a solemn commitment to never forget the valour, courage, and dedication of those who served before us. It’s a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our predecessors and acknowledge the debt of gratitude we owe to them. 

Remembrance is not confined to a particular day or moment; it’s a sentiment that lives on in our daily lives. It should inspire us to uphold the values our predecessors fought for—freedom, justice, and peace. It’s a reminder of the responsibility we carry to continue their legacy and ensure that their sacrifices were not in vain. 

The emotional impact of Remembrance is profound. Each year, as we stand in silence, it’s a moment of unity and reflection. It’s a time to honour not just those who lost their lives in conflicts but also the many others who continue to suffer the physical and mental scars of their service. 

Although my time in the Armed Forces is nearly at an end, the sense of duty and service that comes with being in the military is amplified during this period, and I doubt will ever leave me. It’s a time when I feel a heightened commitment to serve my country with the same dedication and honour as those who came before me. 

Through Remembrance, we acknowledge the past, pay our respects, and vow to work towards a future where armed conflict is an absolute last resort, and peace prevails. We owe it to those who sacrificed everything for our today and the promise of a better tomorrow. 

Wearing the poppy is more than a tradition; it’s a visible, heartfelt display of respect and appreciation for our fallen heroes. Therefore, I would strongly encourage everyone to wear their poppies with pride.  

By Steen Stewart, Consultant

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