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Sayeeda Warsi: My View: Their legacy is our liberty

Published in The Sun, myView : Their legacy is our liberty

By Sayeeda Warsi

ARMED Forces Day isn’t just about Britain’s service personnel.

It’s a day which is relevant to every single Briton.

The sacrifices of the Army, Navy and Air Force – past and present, at home and abroad – impact on all of us.

Today I will be thinking of my grandfathers, who fought in the Royal Sappers and Miners Regiment and were stationed in Burma and Aden, as well as the millions who fought in the Second World War.

Their legacy is our liberty.

And I will be thinking of our troops out in Afghanistan and their families and friends waiting anxiously at home.

They are creating a safer, more stable future.

I am proud to co-chair a party and serve in a government that recognises the forces’ bravery.

That’s why we doubled soldiers’ operational allowance.

It’s why we are rebuilding the military covenant.

And it’s why we’re determined to give servicemen and women the dignity they deserve.

So let’s make this a day when we think about the daily sacrifice made by our brave men and women.

And let’s fly the Union Jack in honour of our courageous, steadfast, professional, inspirational troops.

They truly are the best of British.

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