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Remember their pain; MAN OF THE PEOPLE.

Byline: Eamonn Holmes

LAST Wednesday I had the honour to be invited to Westminster Abbey for the Service of Remembrance in the presence of The Queen and Prince Philip.

Among those present were military commanders, foot soldiers, medal holders, standard bearers, prime ministers and church ministers.

There were people of different religions, from different regions, in different coloured uniforms and of different coloured skins.

It was a humbling and poignant experience, especially when a lone bugler sounded Last Post. But most of all it was an insight into the decent people and their families who form the core of the Services.

Gordon Brown sat diagonally opposite me. I felt for him during the fallout over his letter and subsequent phone call to bereaved Jacqui Janes. I don't believe he is insensitive to Mrs Janes's pain.

But equally, I speak without feeling her pain or that of more than 200 families who have lost loved ones in Afghanistan.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 15, 2009
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