Whilst we remember those heroes who have been killed in action, let us too remember those currently engaged in conflict at home and overseas.
Can you recall a single thing about John Major other than he ate peas and tucked his shirts into his underwear? Well, remember this: you gave £1.7 million to just three ex-PM's in the past five years, people who are not known to be in dire need of a state handout, and he was one of them.
At a time when the UK is crying out for jobs, the coalition government's lack of conviction over the future of defence manufacturing and its technology base is a desperate indictment of short-term thinking.
The government is dealing with the black hole by cutting £5 billion from the budget, with just over 20,000 posts going - less than the total size of the Territorial Army.