The Armed Forces Parliamentary Remembrance Service

Veteran MPs 2014On 5 November, I was among 30 MPs who had either served or continue to serve in our Armed Forces who took part in an act of Remembrance before Sunday’s official national commemorations.

With this, the hundredth year since the start of WW1, the service carried particular significance. Alongside the hundreds of thousands of British Servicemen killed while on active service in the Great War were nineteen serving Members of Parliament, commemorated in the House of Commons Books of Remembrance.

Held in the Guards Chapel in London’s Wellington Barracks, the service was conducted by Reverend Kevin Bell, Senior Chaplain London District, with a wreath laid by Sir Peter Tapsell, the Father of the House on behalf of all those present.

Today, as on that day:

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.

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