THERE is little, or no excuse, not to get yourself out on Sunday morning to remember those who truly deserve remembering.

Whatever your views on war, it can never be forgotten the sacrifices made by the many whose actions have allowed us to continue to live as freely as we can in this country today.

The remembrance services in Essex, and particularly in Thurrock, are traditionally well-attended. Thousands pay their respects.

But at the services I’ve been to there is always plenty of room left on the pavements, and surrounding streets, for many more.

As the years go by, more and more of our war veterans and people from a particular generation pass away, and so it becomes even more important that we never forget.

Our children, our children’s children, and so on, should be just as aware as we are.

So. I’m pretty sure there will be a remembrance parade in your neighbourhood this Sunday morning. They will probably be a short walk, or possibly a short drive, away from your home.

So many selfless young men and women, past and present, have endured the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives for our country and for our future generations. The least the rest of us can do is get out there for an hour on Sunday and show our respect, appreciation and gratitude.