The town of Wootton Bassett saw the end of military repatriations there today
The bodies of 345 service personnel have passed through the Wiltshire town in the past four years. In recognition of its role in marking such flights, the town will be renamed Royal Wootton Bassett in the autumn.
To the people of Wooton Bassett I say thank you. These repatriations are about the soldiers and their families and recognition of the sacrifice they have made in service of their country.
The town of Carterton, near Brize Norton is to continue the tradition started at Wootton Bassett with the creation of a special area where grieving families and local people can pay their respects. I have no doubt they will carry on the good work carried out by the people of Royal Wooton Bassett.
And to all British Service personnel wherever you are serving, I salute you.