The 70th "anniversary" of the Battle of Britain was marked on 20th August by a reading of the famous Churchill "few" speech by actor Robert Hardy in Whitehall.
Hearing his stirring words were actual veterans of the conflict and Dame Vera Lynn, followed by a flypast of Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes.
If it was not for their incredible bravery and self sacrifice of the RAF servicemen and women, it would have been very likely that we would have been defeated in the Second World War and our lives could be far different than they are today.
Let us at this time spare a moment, to reflect on the sacrifices of all the civilians and armed forces of the two wars in the last century, and be thankful that they did so much for so many.
Whether or not you believe the wars in Iraq and Aghanistan are justified, we must support the brave men and women serving our country today in the middle east. They are not politicians, and are just doing their job. We are proud of every single one of them.