As a former soldier, along with other servicemen and veterans, their families and relatives, the pain of loss is profound. We know why there should be no further conflict, but we also know that the Great War was not the last, and since 1945 we have only had one year when the UK was not engaged in military operations.
Today war rages in the Yemen and elsewhere, less reported, in our world.
For those of younger generations who have less or no connection with past conflicts, as World Wars recede into history, it is paramount to keep the act of remembrance relevant for them, to give them the reasons not to make the mistakes of those who have gone before.
War is not the norm, but it is the ugly manifestation of human greed. If we want peace, then our children and their children need to understand the significance of why we remember.