Like many people, I will be attending a number of events to mark Armistice Day in the coming days.
One of those events however is a first, not only for me, but for Bluewater. This will be the first time the shopping centre and the Royal British Legion have collaborated to mark the event with a ceremony.
For this inaugural event, I have been given the honour of reading the exhortation which will be followed by the bugle call of the Last Post and then two minutes silence.
It is really heartening that in recent years the Poppy Appeal and all the events to mark Remembrance Day, have had a resurgence and it is now a growing annual event rather than becoming a fading memory.
Recent conflicts, most notably in Afghanistan, have touched almost every corner of society from children to grandparents and so even as the number of survivors from World War Two declines, our nation is still keen to honour those who fought for our freedom.
Bluewater’s continued recognition of Armistice Day shows that it operates at the heart of the community it serves. The Service of Remembrance at The War Memorial in Dartford on Sunday will also see the community coming together.
This year’s events confirm that conflicts past and present, will continue to unify people for years to come.