AS a nation we have a lot to be thankful for to those who lost their lives serving their country.
Those who stepped up to serve in the First and Second World Wars, as well as soldiers who have served since, including troops currently in Afghanistan, are rightly seen as heroes.
Sadly, the theatre of war leads to casualties and many millions have lost their lives.
Every year Remembrance Day is a chance for the rest of us to show our appreciation to servicemen and women.
But what about the rest of the year?
Meltham man Derek Spence has highlighted the problem of military graves being abandoned.
Much is done to preserve war memorials, but each grave is its own memorial to a fallen solider.
One such grave in Milnsbridge has been forgotten, and is surrounded by overgrown bushes and covered in leaves.
Both Mr Spence and the Royal British Legion are in agreement that we need to preserve such graves.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintain 1.7m graves at 23,000 locations in 153 countries and, of those, 170,000 are in the UK at 13,000 locations.
But maybe action needs to be taken locally.
Perhaps the solution would be for offenders doing community service as part of a court sentence to tend to military graves on a permanent basis.