National and local remembrance events are a chance to honour those servicemen and women who have laid down their lives or been injured fighting for their country from the First World War to current conflicts.
This year, which marks a century since the start of the Great War, it seems that more people than ever are taking the time to reflect on the selfless and courageous sacrifices of others.
The importance of paying tribute to those who have made the ultimate personal sacrifice to preserve the liberty and freedom we sometimes take for granted was reflected in the large crowds which attended the remembrance events across the region.
More than 1,500 young men from across Central Bedfordshire died in the First World War. And anyone interested in finding out more about their ancestors who fought with the Army in the Great War can do so at our ongoing series of events at our libraries.
As a council, we are proud of our links with the Armed Forces, and in 2011 we signed a special covenant which saw the council pledge to support the Armed Forces community working and living in Central Beds and to remember and recognise the sacrifices made by current and ex-service personnel and their families.
Three years on relationships with our two military bases are going from strength to strength. Ties between our communities are deepening through projects funded by government grants such as new meet and greet areas in local schools.
I’m proud of the work the council is doing to recognise those who continue to do so much to help protect our freedom.