Whilst pottering in the kitchen today I was quietly listening to Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2. Every year in the last hour of the last show before Christmas he dedicates the time to bringing the troops and their loved ones together. Mothers wishing their sons and daughters merry Christmas. Wives and children pledging their continual love and support.
Hearing those messages of love and hope for the year ahead, I couldn't help but shed a tear or two. Bursting with gratitude for our brave heroes.
They are the best of British doing a incredible job thousands of miles away from home, so that we can celebrate a safe and peaceful festive period.
Figures show that there are approximately 9000 troops in Afghanistan all with loved ones missing them terribly. I am so very proud of each and every one of them and I wish them all a safe and peaceful tour of duty.