Today, in the UK, we honour the armed forces, because today is Remembrance Sunday, or Poppy Day. Remembrance Day actually falls on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, but today the queen and the forces will turn out to pay tribute to those lost, past and present.
I would like to do the same. I would like to thank all those, past, present and future, who have given or will give their lives to protect me and mine. May I acknowledge those who have been injured in battle and have had their lives changed forever as a result. You are not forgotten, your service to your country and the rest of the world is always in our minds, even when it’s not shouted from the roof tops. I would like to send out my heartfelt thanks to every man and woman across the globe, who has either spent a career defending the world, or who step out into the unknown as we speak.
You bravery and dedication to the cause of keeping us all safe is admirable and very much appreciated. Today, I honour you with gratitude and thanks. May you stay safe and well and never lose faith in yourselves, for you are the difference to the rest of us.
Today we say goodbye to my grandmother, Mary, who sadly died this morning. Watching her fight for her life over the last month, I have been reminded just how precious life really is. She gave it her all and showed the dignity and inner strength of the admirable lady that she was. A lady whose life spanned 94 years and had many tales to tell.
My grandmother was the source of much love and joy in my life and the lives of others. She was caring, unassuming and thoughtful, always putting the needs of others before her own. I will always look upon my grandma with fondness and appreciation, for the strength and caring nature she encompassed. She will be missed so dearly by us all.
The whole family and I wish to send out our thanks to the staff who cared for her in her twilight years and the hospital staff, who provided her care in her final stage of life. We would also like to thank all who have supported us with their love, prayers, and support and for all the kind words you have offered us throughout this testing time.
Mary passed in her sleep, having lived a full life and made it one of contribution and service to her family, her community and her friends. May she enjoy an eternal life of everlasting peace?