“Today people up and down the country will gather to recognise, remember and pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the British Armed Forces community.
“Our Service personnel work around the world in some of the most dangerous situations to defend Britain’s interests and national security. Just like those before them, they do so with unequivocal commitment, enduring professionalism and resolute courage.
“But the sacrifice associated with military life is rarely endured alone – we must not forget the impact on the friends and families of those who serve too. They provide invaluable support to loved ones away from home and the contribution they make to local communities should never be underestimated.
“Today I have marked this sacrifice by leaving a message of thanks on a poppy that is to be placed on the wings of a First World War bi-plane built by Dave Pinnock and young people from the Stanhope Estate and East Audenshaw.
“Labour is proud of Britain’s Armed Forces and we believe they deserve to be treated with the utmost respect. That is why Labour has pledged to outlaw discrimination against and abuse of members of the Armed Forces in the first year of a Labour Government. We are also committed to providing better support for veterans and those currently serving, along with those making the transition from military to civilian life.”