Vernon's Statement on Armed Forces Day

Today across the country people will pause to acknowledge the incredible service and sacrifice made by the Armed Forces community. 

Our Armed Forces serve in some of the most dangerous areas of the world to defend Britain’s interests and national security with unyielding commitment, professionalism and courage. 

But the sacrifice associated with military life is rarely endured alone. We must also honour the families of those who serve. Their support to loved ones should never be underestimated. 

And in this year when we mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, it is a time to remember the individual bravery and collective determination of all our veterans.

We are proud of Britain’s Armed Forces and we are committed to working with the Service community, Armed Forces Charities and the Government to strengthen the Covenant between our nation and our service personnel, veterans and their families.