IT is easy to take the freedom we enjoy today for granted.

The sacrifices made by the people of this country were many during two world wars.

During the Second World War, we had strict rationing of both food and clothing.

At school, our lessons were frequently interrupted by air raids and we had to run to the shelters with our gas masks at the ready.

At night we climbed into an iron cage situated indoors or ran to the nearest shelter elsewhere.

Every time the police whistle blew or we heard a siren we knew enemy aircraft had penetrated our shores.

There were no free healthcare or benefits then.

Today non-white people risk their lives in dinghies, boats and even attempt to swim the Channel to get here.

Why do they do this if we are racist and think black lives don’t matter?

The policewoman injured on her horse, the burning of our national flag and defacing statues are not the actions of those wishing to bring unity.

The Romans invaded this country and the English were their slaves, building roads, forts and baths.

In Egypt, slaves built the pyramids but they are not pulling them down or obliterating their wall paintings.

No, they even moved one pyramid stone by stone and rebuilt it elsewhere to make room for the Aswan Dam. The list is endless.

Let us all think of that which unites us and move forward with love and respect for each other.

We are all on the same road together and all roads are one in the end.

J Taylor, Darlington.