This weekend people throughout Dartford will be commemorating those who fought and died for our country.
Remembrance Sunday is one of the most significant dates of the year for me as it is a time when people, both young and old, join together to remember those who sacrificed everything for our freedom.
As the MP for Dartford, it is good to see so many people, from all walks of life, taking time out from their day to pause and show respect for our servicemen and women.
Like previous years, I will be attending the service in Dartford and look forward to seeing our military heroes wearing their uniforms and medals with pride.
It is for that reason I have campaigned to bring in a bill to outlaw the problem of people wearing medals they have not earned, with clear intent to deceive people and pretend to be something they are not.
It is deeply offensive for people to claim they are heroes by displaying medals they have not won and it undermines those veterans who have legitimately earned these rewards.
My Private Members’ Bill on this issue did not go forward in the House of Commons but I am pleased that a member of the House of Lords is now trying to take up the issue. As the Bill already has support from both the Government and opposition, I hope that it will become law, making it illegal for Walter Mitty types to wear medals they have not earned.
Everyone is welcome to join in one of the Armistice Day or Remembrance Sunday events being held around the constituency this weekend and I look forward to taking part in the commemorations.