This isn't about whether a war was just or not. It isn't about whether a war was fought for freedom or greed, or whether it was a war, a police action, an intervention or a single mission. It's about the men and women, so often far too young, who died serving their country. When you join the service, any branch, you make that promise to serve, to do what your country asks, to go where they send you. And that's what these men and women do, heads held high, keeping their promises, and every loss is a tragedy.
My heart is with all the families, all the loved ones left behind, and I salute all of my brothers and sisters in arms. That's why this year I've chosen a female voice to sing the annual tribute for us here - because we often forget how many women have given their lives in the last century of wars. All my love - take a listen.