Reflections on Military Remembrance

ISS is proud to honour our military community. This Remembrance Day, we asked Andrew Ingham, Key Account Director and a veteran of the Royal Air Force, to reflect on what his military service and the act of remembrance means to him. Andrew also chairs our Military Community Employee Resource Group (ERG) for the UK.

As Remembrance Day approaches, my thoughts invariably turn to my time in the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the enduring importance of honouring those who have served and sacrificed for their countries. Having spent 16 years in the RAF myself, including serving in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, this day holds a special place in my heart.

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Military remembrance is not just about the past; it's about the present and the future. It's a solemn reminder that peace and freedom come at a cost — one that our brave servicemen and women are willing to pay. My own journey in the military began with a deep sense of duty and a desire to contribute to something larger than myself. I quickly realised, however, that the military isn't just a job; it's a way of life, a community, and a family.

My experiences during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan were both challenging and profound. I witnessed the courage and resilience of my fellow servicemen and women in the face of adversity. These experiences left an indelible mark on my soul, reminding me of the importance of solidarity and sacrifice.

However, it's not just the military personnel who make these sacrifices. Remembrance also brings to mind the families who endure long separations and the uncertainty that comes with military life. They, too, deserve our gratitude.

As I reflect on my time in the military, I am reminded that the act of remembrance is not limited to a single day. It's a duty we carry with us year-round. It's about ensuring that the stories and sacrifices of those who have served are never forgotten.

This Remembrance Day, let us not only honour the fallen but also support the living. Let us acknowledge the strength and resilience of veterans and their families. And let us remember that remembrance is a call to action, a commitment to strive for a world where conflicts are resolved through dialogue, not war.

In these troubled times, my military journey has taught me that peace is a precious gift worth defending. It is the legacy we inherit and the hope we pass on to future generations. Remembrance, for me, is not just a day but a lifelong vow to never forget and to work tirelessly for a world where conflicts are a distant memory.