PPS strongly values and appreciates the work of the armed forces. We signed and committed to upholding the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, and we recognise the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our business and our country.
We are proud to have ex-forces personnel working at PPS. As part of our reflection for remembrance this year we asked them about their experience in the forces and what Remembrance means to them.
“In my time in the army I served in northern Germany in Bergan Belson in between the concentration camp and station, where the trains unloaded the Jewish prisoners. We loaded our vehicles at the station when going on operations & both sites were eerie but very still and quiet. But I also got to see the present side of Germany, being part of an English/German 10 pin bowling league, seeing how the countries work together.
“All around the area were monuments to all the fallen from past and present conflict, who should never be forgotten for what they gave.”
Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (R.E.M.E) Class 2 craftsman
“I joined the navy instead of going to college. Through going to Sea Cadets, we did a few trips on warships which made me want to join.
“Remembrance Day is important to me. I’ve been going to them for almost all my life. I see it as a way of paying respect for all armed forces serving today and for the fallen people from past conflicts and civilian services.
“Normally I’d do the parade in Huddersfield and then go out and celebrate with the other navy veterans.”
Navy Leading Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)
“During my time in the Army I served all over with the Duke of Lancaster’s regiment and made some great memories. But for me the best thing that I gained was the brotherhood. I’ve made great friends when I was in and we all still talk pretty much every day and that’s what it’s all about.
“Remembrance Day is important to me and my family, my Dad served in The Duke of Lancaster’s for 23 years and my sister served in the RLC for 5 years. I think it’s our duty as British citizens to honour those that have given the ultimate sacrifice but we should also remember to help those who are facing other challenges whether it be mentally or physically.
“I’m proud to have served for my country and would do it all over again.”
Dimitri Solomi Junior Service Engineer Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them
So, Remembrance Day is an important and significant day for us each year. We remember the service and sacrifice made by so many people, communities and nations 75 years ago. We reflect on the service and sacrifice of so many today and honour all the people who fought to defend our nation and secure our freedom.