As remembrance Sunday approaches this weekend, will the First Minister join me in expressing the deep gratitude of this Parliament to men and women of our British armed forces who, over the years, have defended our nation, and for those who pay the ultimate sacrifice? Will she also acknowledge the families who have supported those members of the armed forces so well?
I whole-heartedly associate myself with Maurice Corry’s remarks. As I always am, I will be very proud and privileged to represent the Government, and indeed the country, at the national remembrance service here in Edinburgh, on Sunday morning. I will certainly be remembering and paying tribute to all those in our armed forces down the years, who have made sacrifices and often paid the ultimate sacrifice, not only to keep us safe, but to allow us to enjoy the freedoms that today we take for granted.
I will also be paying tribute, as we all do, to serving personnel and their families. The life of the family of a member of our armed forces is, I am sure, not an easy one. Our gratitude goes to them, just as it does to those who have served, and who continue to serve, in our armed forces.