Today I will have the honour of laying two wreaths at the World War One and World War Two cemeteries in Town.

Ipswich Primary school children will be present as will other civic dignitaries and members of the Royal British Legion (RBL).

On Saturday, I will be attending the Remembrance Concert with the Ipswich Hospital Band at St Peter’s by the Waterfront and on Sunday I will of course be laying another wreath at the cenotaph in Christchurch Park.

I also had the honour of laying a cross in the Parliament constituency remembrance garden earlier this week.

This was in remembrance of British Armed Forces from Ipswich personnel who have given their lives fighting for our country and our values.

Ultimately for me, this is the purpose of Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day. It is dedicated fully to remembering our fallen heroes, those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country and its values.

Of course, we mourn those who lose their lives all over the world as a consequence of war; but this weekend is focused on those British and Commonwealth citizens who lost their lives in defence of country, freedoms and values.

When in Christchurch Park this Sunday, of course, there will be a particular focus on Ipswich and Suffolk war heroes.

However strongly people may feel about other causes, whether that is Palestine or another conflict, this coming weekend is dedicated to our fallen heroes and the weekend belongs to them. I find the idea of pro-Palestine rallies this weekend in the capital grossly insensitive and disrespectful.

My personal view is that all steps should be taken to ensure they don’t take place.

However strongly you feel, there is a time and a place. If you are unable to put these passions on hold for just two days to remember our fallen heroes, and those who have fought and died for our country then I think you should take a hard look in the mirror.

The death and destruction we’ve seen in Israel and Gaza is devastating and hugely upsetting to us all, as is the death and destruction in Ukraine and other parts of the world.

I’m not denying that for one minute, but I am making the point that Remembrance weekend is called just that for a reason and in my view, it has a specific purpose.

I know how much the Armed Forces mean to so many of my constituents and how many Ipswich residents are serving or have served in the British Armed Forces.

The affection for the Armed Forces and all those who serve in it is made clear every year when we see thousands gathering in Christchurch Park to show their respects.

Last year when I was taking part in the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, I was amazed at how many personnel I bumped into with an Ipswich connection.

The highlights being bumping into constituents serving in Estonia and Gibraltar. The former being a Tank Transporter Squadron and the latter being the Royal Navy Officer commanding the high-speed vessel I was on in during a “sovereignty patrol” was also a constituent.

Those who have offered up their lives for our country and our values are the best of us and it is only right that this coming weekend is all about them and no one else.