The death of two former prisoners of war who were prepared to pay the ultimate sacrifice for their country is a timely reminder of forthcoming anniversaries.
Not only are we marking the centenary of the start of the First World War this year, but it will also be the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
The passing of Jack Phillips and Ted Crate, who both endured so much during the Second World War, also serves to remind us of the absolute fragility of life.
There are no longer any surviving First World War servicemen to share their personal experience of the conflict.
And before too long the remaining men and women who came back from the Second World War will be gone as well.
We need to do as much as we can to preserve their memories and make sure that those who put their lives on the line for their country are remembered as heroes.
Jack, Ted and any other survivors deserve to be recognised and honoured. They went through so much and were an inspiration to all who knew them.