FIRST WORLD WAR ARMISTICE – 100 YEARS

I was honoured to be asked to lay a wreath at the Stonehouse Memorial.

It was a lovely service with a parade from Air, Navy & Army cadets, plus Scouts, Guides, Sea cadets, Brownies, schools & many more. Thank you to everybody involved & for such a warm welcome.

Thousands of people were out showing support for the various #Armistice100 events all over Stroud, the Valleys & Vale. The art, displays & research projects have been stunning. My facebook displays some of the photos I’ve taken when visiting people in our towns & villages.

Prior to remembrance Sunday, we also announced a £19 million package to mark the centenary of the First World War Armistice so we can preserve its history and remember those who have served their country.

I have a close family member serving in the armed forces. This week more than any other brings to life the experiences of troops that fight to protect us all. Im incredibly proud to see more support for our serving men and women and veterans, plus a commitment to ensuring that young people can learn from previous generations.

The funding will be split between a number of charities:

· The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust which supports veterans with mental health needs will have its funding doubled – with an extra £10 million each year.

· We are also making an additional £1 million available to support First World War battlefields tours for school students to ensure that young people are given the opportunity to learn about the sacrifices made by previous generations.

· To make sure local communities can continue to remember the sacrifices of generations past, we are providing up to £8 million to help with the cost of repairs and refurbishments to village halls and Miners’ Welfare and Armed Forces Organisations facilities.