It is just a small gesture, but those who continue to observe the two-minute silence on Remembrance Sunday send out a powerful statement that we will not forget those who gave their lives fighting for their country.
The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014 will bring many opportunities for this country and its people to pay their respects, but that does not mean we should ignore the annual tribute at 11am on each Remembrance Sunday.
And although the silence is meant as a tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for their country, we should not forget those wounded or traumatised by the experience.
Times change and while there is no longer a single person alive who fought during the First World War, this does not mean we should forget the heroism and bravery of so many.
It is hard to imagine the grief that Northamptonshire communities would have felt during both world wars when news of fatal wounds and death filtered home.
Thousands of our men and women lost their lives in our country’s name.
It may seem like an old-fashioned tradition, but it does not matter where you are this Sunday, please take time to give a few thoughts to the thousands of people from this county who have lost their lives to ensure that our way of life was protected and maintained.
Neil Pickford, Editor