Today I planted a cross in the Constituency Garden of Remembrance outside Parliament. Each stake represents a constituency with an individual message.
I wrote about Betty Cochran, whose name I saw on the Second World War memorial in Tayport. She was a Flight Officer in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and died in October 1945, aged just thirty.
Memorials like the Constituency Garden of Remembrance are a reminder of the toll conflicts took on communities across the country and world who lived through them. I believe it is important that they should not only be static objects but that we continue to remember those they commemorate, to learn about them, and understand their experience.