Anneliese Dodds has called for people in Oxford to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of UK Armed Forces this Remembrance Sunday.
This week, communities across the country will come together to pay tribute to those who fought and died in the First World War and all conflicts since. This year in particular, we mark 40 years since the Falklands War, remembering those who fought and died in the South Atlantic.
Today, the UK’s servicemen and servicewomen continue to play a central role to protect British interests and values, from training Ukrainian troops to supporting NATO allies in Estonia.
Oxfordshire has a large military presence at bases across the county, particularly in the RAF, and these men and women make a significant contribution to the role our armed forces play today.
Following the launch of its national poppy appeal, the Royal British Legion (RBL) are back in local communities across the country to raise vital funds to support our armed forces communities.
Labour is backing the charity’s efforts to encourage schools across the country to support the teaching of remembrance, to ensure its importance is passed on to the next generation.
“During this period of remembrance, we honour and remember the sacrifices made by Oxford’s servicemen and servicewomen, veterans and their families.
“From Flanders Fields to supporting our NATO allies to deter Russian aggression, our armed forces continue to protect us at home and abroad. Theirs is the ultimate public service.
“It’s vital we recognise their heroic efforts, so I encourage Oxford’s residents to support the local poppy appeal and pass on the importance of Remembrance to the next generation.”
“This week I planted a cross in Parliament’s Garden of Remembrance on behalf of everyone in Oxford East and I am looking forward to paying my respects on Sunday at the Remembrance service at the War Memorial in St Giles. I would encourage anybody else who wishes to honour our servicemen and servicewomen to attend too.”