During the next week the community of Dartford will join together to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our country, as we mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.
In recent years, what I have found notable is how these commemorations are growing events, with more and more people recognising the significance of these dates and taking part.
Last week I was involved in the launch of the Poppy Appeal at Bluewater alongside veterans, an Air Cadet Band and the Brompton Military Wives Choir. It was great to see so many people joining in with the launch.
To raise funds for the appeal, a pop-up poppy shop has opened at Bluewater with all the money raised going to the Royal British Legion, so please support it if you are there.
In Dartford, the Remembrance Day event takes place on Sunday at 10.45 am starting with a procession from Dartford Borough Museum to the War Memorial.
This will be followed by wreath laying, two minute silence and a march by members of local uniformed organisations.
I will also be attending the Armistice Day event in Bluewater at 11.00 am on Wednesday. As in recent years, I have been given the honour of reading the exhortation, which will be followed by the bugle call of the Last Post and two minutes silence.
Everyone is welcome to join in these events and I look forward to taking part in these commemorations.