Political leaders have paid tribute to the war dead at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday. Current party leaders and former Prime Ministers were present at the memorial, with a two-minute silence being held throughout the country.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said:
“It was an honour to attend the Remembrance Sunday service and to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in memory of all those who have died in defence of our freedom. This time of year should remind us that our way of life is only made possible by the bravery of the men and women who are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe.
We should also take great pride in the way we come together as a nation to honour the fallen. Today I pay tribute not just to our Armed Forces but also to those who stand alongside them in this small act of remembrance each and every year”.
Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Defence said in a statement:
“I am proud to stand alongside members of the Armed Forces and veterans at the Cenotaph to reflect on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This year we have commemorated the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele where the fields of Flanders saw enormous bravery and vast sacrifice.
On Remembrance Sunday we remember all conflicts including our heroes from more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Around the globe there are currently thousands of troops deployed in 25 operations in more than 30 countries, often putting themselves in danger to make us safer and more secure at home”.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, said on Twitter:
“On this Remembrance Sunday, I would like to extend my warmest thanks, appreciation and solidarity to all our veterans”.
Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, said on Twitter:
“It will be an honour to lay a wreath of remembrance on behalf of the Scottish Government and the Scottish people in Edinburgh this morning”.