March 10th marks Commonwealth Day. This year I took the opportunity on Commonwealth Day to commemorate the contribution of men and women from the Commonwealth who fought in the First and Second World Wars at the Memorial Gates in Hyde Park.
I was delighted to be joined by students from Villiers School at the ceremony. In the year of the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War I, it is ever more important to ensure that the past is not forgotten.
The contribution of the Commonwealth to the war effort must be remembered; one and a half million Indians were volunteers during the First World War, enlisting and sacrificing their lives alongside troops from the West Indies, Africa, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The contribution of the Commonwealth in both World Wars was incredibly significant and their commitment to fight for democracy, freedom and peace should never be forgotten.