As the 11th November arrives in the UK to mark Remembrance Day, we remember the services and sacrifices made by all those who have lost their lives as a result of conflict or terrorism, having bravely sought to protect our way of life.
We have former members of the Armed Forces in the Plexal team and community. We proudly support the national security of the UK through our innovation programmes and our engagement with the defence community.
Our Director of Defence, James Gayner, spent 20 years in the British Army and now brings his strategic planning and project management skills to our defence technology and innovation work. Sharing what Remembrance Day means to him, James says: “Remembrance Day is, for me, quite simply the most important day of the year. As a recent recruit to Plexal after 24 years’ service as a British Army officer, I’m delighted (but not surprised) to find that it means so much to my new colleagues too.
“It will be particularly poignant to mark the occasion and pay tribute to the fallen in civilian clothes for the first time. My appearance might be different, but the depth of my emotion and respect as I remember those who did not come back, both those known to me personally (as all too many were), and those throughout the ages, is immutable. We Will Remember Them.”
Offering his thoughts, Graeme Reddiex, a Plexal Innovation Lead who has served in the British Army and worked within government supporting national security, says: “For me, Remembrance Day is both to remember those fallen and those who continue to endure hardship and danger to keep us safe. I like to pay respect across the broad spectrum of national security including the military, government departments, and segments of industry. Individuals across all of these areas both have sacrificed, and continue to sacrifice so much to keep us safe.”
Acts of Remembrance may be deeply personal, and focus on hope for a positive future and peaceful world. You can learn more about the work of the Royal British Legion and how they support the Armed Forces community in every stage of their lives.
Our CCO and Head of Innovation, Saj Huq, started his career in the Royal Air Force where he was a commissioned officer and pilot. He featured in The Deloitte Military Transition and Talent Programme. The story after the story.
Sharing his perspective, Saj says: “Remembrance Day is always a poignant moment for me personally as I remember friends who have unfortunately had to make the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of our freedom. However, it also reminds me of the importance of serving a purpose bigger than yourself – and my enduring commitment to do so throughout my life.”
We Will Remember Them.