Sam Spiro: A small, but very important, act of remembrance

Each November, I log into the to make a donation and get this year’s commemorative poppy brooch. This year, there’s a new brooch in the collection which recognises and celebrates the work of the all-important Code Breakers of Bletchley Park.

On a daily basis, the Urban team collaborates to problem solve and resolve technical issues on behalf of our customers. Our commitment to keeping our customers’ systems operable and secure is our highest priority and the work often presents us with significant challenges, but I think it’s worthwhile to retain a sense of perspective.

Thinking about the Code Breakers – some 13,000 civilians and uniformed personnel – supporting the war effort by intercepting and decoding signals from the enemy, our back-room challenges don’t seem like challenges at all. The work that went on at Bletchley Park provided vital information to the front line, which was essential in securing victory for Britain and our allies.

Urban IT Solutions will be observing the two-minute silence on Monday 11th November at 11 am. It’s a small act of remembrance, but I believe we should pay our tribute to those who gave their lives in the war. I also believe it’s right that we reflect on and acknowledge the contribution of those whose wartime role wasn’t on the front line. The Code Breaker’s may not have lost their lives, but they took risks, stuck their necks out and got involved. Their dedication, teamwork and expertise were crucial to our nation’s security, and I don’t think we can ever thank them enough.