Today, police cars stopped traffic as a procession of five black cars made their way through the village - each hearse carrying the coffin of a fallen soldier, each coffin drapped in the Union Jack.
The bodies of two 20 year olds, two 19 year olds and one 29 year old were flown back home today.
If I'd lived anywhere else but near that Air Force Base, I would never have seen that procession, if I had been five minutes earlier, I would have wondered why there were police cars all over the place, if I had been five minutes later, I would have wondered why traffic was a bit heavy.
I wish I'd never seen it and yet we should all see it so that we can remind ourselves of what is happening, that young men and women are putting their lives at risk whilst carrying out their job.
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them"