On Wednesday she was presented with the Military Cross by the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace to mark her extraordinary valour on the field of combat.
Today she is taking part in a Remembrance Sunday parade through the streets of Sunderland.
It will be a moment of pride and not a little sadness. Pride in the army which she serves so well and sadness for fallen comrades who cannot be there with her. In a nutshell, she says that is the importance of Remembrance Sunday.
Sarah, 26, said: “Even when I was younger, before I joined the army, it was still important to me. It gives everybody a feeling of what people went through so we are free today.
“It brings us together and shows that people are thinking of what has been done for the country. It feels like old times when we all stuck together.”
The principle of sticking together and helping each other out was fundamental to Sarah’s actions which led to the former George Stephenson High School pupil of Killingworth, North Tyneside, becoming only the third woman in the British Army to receive the Military Cross.
She is now in training to go back to Afghanistan in 2012, a theatre of war which continues to add to those who fight and fall in the line of duty for their country.
Remembrance Sunday is now part of letting the troops know they are thought of back home.
Sarah said: ...
“On Remembrance Sunday, even if you don’t know anybody personally in the country who has fought, in some ways it does affect everybody in a small way.”...