At the cathedral this is a pretty large event with representatives from all the armed forces, the emergency services and civic dignitaries.
As I get older I find this service to be more poingant as I look around the cathedral at the young faces in uniform full of potential and life which also contain a healthy and correct fear of death. These men and women are incredibly brave for, despite the real fear, they go to war. This year in particular the service seemed to be even more emotional.
I pray, as I believe countless others do, that this war in Afghanistan can be brought to some peaceful conclusion very soon so that we may see our young men and women return home to those that love and miss them.