Corporal Martin Atkinson from RAF Brize Norton is from an RAF family. In this guest blog, Martin tells us about the significance of Remembrance Day to him.
Remembrance Day is always a poignant day for me, as I remember both family and friends who have served and sacrificed for their country.
My father was in the RAF, based at RAF Bruggen, and unfortunately passed away in 1986 when I was just two years old, leaving behind my mum, my big sister and me.
The RAF Benevolent Fund stepped in to help fund mine and my sister's education. Without the RAF Benevolent Fund's help, I wouldn't have left school with such a good education and good exam results.
They're the reason I joined the RAF and I'm currently a successful and well respected serviceman with two small children of my own.
Having now served in the RAF for 11 years, I've seen at first hand the sacrifices made by our soldiers, sailors, and airmen.
In addition to my dad, this Remembrance Day, I will be thinking of service personnel and their families, knowing that while we as a nation pause to remember one day a year, their loss is felt continuously by the parents, partners, and children left behind.
By Corporal Martin Atkinson