AS Remembrance Sunday approaches I want to share with you something of an event which precedes that always reminds me of the debt we owe to others who put their lives on the line to keep our country free.
Every year on the Sunday before Remembrance Sunday there is an event in the village of Knowle which shows how deep and strong the commitment of the community to public duty is.
It starts with a service in Knowle Parish Church where poignantly a plaque hangs on the wall of the Soldiers Chapel in memory of Tom Keys, a Royal Military Policeman who lost his life in Iraq and whose father fights on for justice for his son.
Tom was a pupil at Arden School and this reminds many of a younger generation that service can be costly to both life and limb.
We come out of church and gather around the memorial with representatives of groups and clubs in the community to lay wreathes, each representing a corporate or personal connection to lives sacrificed for us.
I am always impressed by just how many groups there are in one village who want to remember in this way.
Each of us will have a personal reflection and each of us owe a debt to this day for the armed services at full stretch in defence of our liberty.
After the service we all go to Knowle branch of the British Legion which does such a good job in supporting service men and women and their families to launch the Poppy Appeal.
So can I say this year, don't let the recession reduce what you would give for this excellent cause, dig deep for the memory of those who died to keep us safe.