MP Remembers Victims Of War
6:45am 8th November 2013
South Dorset MP Richard Drax has joined local MPs who've served with the armed forces to mark Remembrance Day ahead of the weekend's events.
A special service has been held in London for the first time.
50 current members of Parliament have a history with the military in some way - whether it's with the regular forces, Territorial Army or the Royal Navy and Air Force Reserves.
Among them was South Dorset MP Richard Drax who served in the Army's Coldstream Guards, an elite light infantry regiment, for 9 years.
The Remembrance service took place at Wellington Barracks in the capital.
MP Drax said it gave politicians the chance to reflect on the many sacrifices made by the forces:
""This was a very poignant and moving ceremony and the first of its kind. It gave those who send our armed services into the line of fire the chance to reflect on the many sacrifices that have been made by so many and in particular during the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And of course being a former Guardsman myself, the Chapel holds many happy memories for me, so where better to remember our fallen."