July 5th 1948 was a historic moment in our country’s history. It was the day our pioneering National Health Service (NHS) was born, bringing free healthcare to everyone. At 10am on July 5th to signal the official start of the day’s celebrations we raised the NHS flag and will leave it flying for seven days. At 11am we gave two minutes of silence. Although this is to be a day of celebration, it is important that the country stops for these two minutes to remember the men and women from the NHS, social care and other key services on the front line who lost their lives in the service of others.