REMEMBRANCE Day is traditionally about honouring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the nation.
But at Gosport’s annual ceremony yesterday, the servicemen and women of today were recognised just as much.
After the ceremony, hundreds of people turned out to watch the signing of an armed forces covenant outside the Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
Councillor Derek Kimber, Gosport Borough Council’s armed forces champion, said: ‘As we remember those lost in battle over the years we must also remember those who are prepared to stand in the way of trouble on our behalf.
‘Gosport has been associated with the armed forces for more than 200 years and has provided homes for them to live in, vittals for their bellies, fuel for their ships and ammunition for their weapons.
‘We are extremely proud of our ties to the armed forces.’
The covenant was signed on behalf of the council by chief executive Ian Lycett and by the mayor, Cllr Richard Dickson, on behalf of residents.
Commodore Mark Slawson, the commanding officer of HMS Sultan, signed for the navy, and Lieutenant Colonel Steve Archer for the Army.
It was also signed by representatives of the town’s voluntary and charity groups.
Cdre Slawson said: ‘I was delighted to be able to sign it.
‘It’s a great commitment by the council and also a commitment from us that we will support the local community.’
The guard from HMS Sultan was joined in a march by veterans and members of groups including the Scouts, Guides and Air Cadets.
Gosport is only the second district council in the country to sign its own pledge in support of the armed forces.
It means the council and other groups will do all they can to support those in the forces.
Later in the day there was also a ceremony at Northcott House, in Gosport.