THE tragic toll of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan continues to rise.
And here in Huddersfield, people know only too well the awful cost of fighting a war that seems so pointless to so many.
But whatever the political arguments over the rights and wrongs of the conflict, it is right and proper that the troops who risk everything should be honoured.
And what a poignant tribute at the weekend for the families of the young Huddersfield soldiers Jake Hartley, Anton Frampton and Daniel Wilford, who gave their lives last month.
Each was honoured with the presentation of the Elizabeth Cross, a medal created by Queen Elizabeth to honour those who sacrificed their lives.
Nothing, of course, can hide the dreadful despair of those left behind to mourn. But surely they felt an enormous sense of pride that their young sons had been recognised for their bravery by their country. As an Army officer present at the ceremony said, the country owes a great debt to the soldiers but also to their families. They and their sons must never be forgotten.