Chance to hon­our those who gave their lives

Stockport Express - - Your Views - WIL­LIAM WRAGG Con­ser­va­tive MP for Hazel Grove

EACH Novem­ber Bri­tain falls si­lent to re­mem­ber those who bravely gave their lives in ser­vice of our coun­try.

This year, how­ever, Re­mem­brance Sun­day will have an ex­tra poignancy as it comes ex­actly one hun­dred years to the day since the Ar­mistice to end WW1 at 11am on Novem­ber 11, 1918.

I will have the hon­our to be lay­ing wreaths at some of the cer­e­monies tak­ing place through­out the con­stituency, in­clud­ing at the War Me­mo­ri­als in Hazel Grove, Marple, Comp­stall, Mel­lor, High Lane, Romi­ley and Bred­bury. In cer­e­monies where I am not able to be present, coun­cil­lor col­leagues from Stock­port will do so on my be­half.

Last Sun­day I also at­tended a wreath lay­ing cer­e­mony in Hazel Grove to hon­our the mem­ory of lo­cal war hero, Wil­fred Wood VC.

Wil­fred Wood was born in Hazel Grove and was a pri­vate in the 10th Bat­tal­ion, the Northum­ber­land Fusiliers. He was awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross on 28th Oc­to­ber 1918 for his brav­ery and ini­tia­tive at the Bat­tle of Vit­to­rio Veneto in Italy, just two weeks be­fore the end of the war.

His self­less ac­tions whilst un­der fire caused hun­dreds of en­emy sol­diers to sur­ren­der and was seen as a de­ci­sive vic­tory.

Re­mem­brance Day is al­ways an event I pay great care and at­ten­tion too, not just as some­one with an in­ter­est in his­tory, but as a proud Bri­tish ci­ti­zen. It is an op­por­tu­nity for the whole coun­try to show our col­lec­tive grat­i­tude for those who gave their lives, or suf­fered in­juries pro­tect­ing our way of life.

And that sac­ri­fice is not con­fined to the past but still con­tin­ues to­day, with vet­er­ans of modern con­flicts in­clud­ing Korean War, Falk­lands War, North­ern Ire­land, Bos­nia, The Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan.

This cen­te­nary is a par­tic­u­lar op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on the brav­ery and work of all our Armed Forces, and the con­tri­bu­tion that have made to keep our coun­try safe over the last 100 years. At the go­ing down of the sun, and in the morn­ing, we will re­mem­ber them.

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