Today is Armed Forces Day and an opportunity to show our support for our troops - from the new cadet to the oldest veteran. The contribution of the territorial army must not be forgotten either in these days of war.
Yesterday, at a G8 meeting in Canada, David Cameron announced he wanted our military home from Afghanistan before the end of this parliament.
He is to have a private conversation with Barack Obama this weekend. One point he should make clear is that the British military are no longer an extension of the US. We have the capabilities to make our own decisions here and Mr Obama ought to be left in no doubt that we intend to do just that. We are present in Afghanistan as part of NATO and not the US.
I'm still waiting for an honest reason as to why were are at war with Afghanistan. Lots of talk about strategy and assessment but no defined outcome other than a 'more stable government'. It's common knowledge that Afghanistan will never have a centralised stable government. The culture there is so difference from western societies and we have no right to intrude or inflict our culture upon the Afghans.