It is a remarkable achievement that millennials now growing up in Northern Ireland, the 'Good Friday Generation', have known only times of peace.
Unlike their parents, they can go about their lives without the fear of enduring violence, and with the reassurance that across all communities people are working together to keep it that way.
And Belfast Telegraph readers were of course there from the beginning.
Back in 1998, many of you will have voted in the historic referendum to ratify the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, which has contributed to the new spirit of reconciliation and collaboration, and helped promote shared ambitions of a more successful future for all.
Twenty-two years later, the Agreement remains pivotal to Northern Ireland's economy, society and communities. And the Government is determined that future generations will also benefit from the gains of the peace process as a new chapter opens in the United Kingdom's relationship with the European Union.
This fundamental first principle - so crucial to people's lives, hopes and aspirations - is at the heart of the Government's proposals for implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol. And yesterday we published a paper setting out, for the first time in detail, the UK Government's approach.
The Protocol is a crucial element of the wider Withdrawal Agreement the UK Government signed with the EU in October last year.
It paves the way for a practical solution which avoids a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, acknowledging Northern Ireland's integral place within the United Kingdom but also its unique position as the only part of our Union to share a land border with the EU.
The Protocol also places duties on both the UK and the EU to respect and protect these unique circumstances, recognising Northern Ireland's integral place in the UK's customs territory and our internal market.
Critically, any arrangements for implementing the Protocol will only be able to last as long as they command the support of democratically-elected local politicians. The future is firmly in Northern Ireland's hands.
For the Protocol to work, it must respect the needs of all Northern Ireland's people, respect the fact that Northern Ireland is an integral part of the customs territory of the United Kingdom, and respect the need to bear as lightly as possible on the everyday life of those in Northern Ireland.
Our proposals achieve all three. We hope that people, businesses and communities across Northern Ireland are reassured to know that, as we have promised, our proposals will deliver unfettered access for Northern Ireland businesses to the whole of the UK market.
They will ensure there are no tariffs on goods remaining within the UK customs territory.
And they will ensure there is no need for any new customs infrastructure in Northern Ireland.
We will also guarantee that Northern Ireland businesses benefit from the lower tariffs we deliver through our new Free Trade Agreements with third countries.
Although there will need to be some new administrative requirements around the movement of some goods, these processes will be electronic, streamlined and simplified as much as possible.
And while on agrifood and live animal movements it makes sense to protect supply chains and the disease-free status on the island of Ireland, we will build on what already happens at ports like Larne and Belfast. There will be some expansion of existing infrastructure to accommodate additional new processes but we will work closely with the EU to keep checks to a minimum, reflecting the high standards we see right across the UK.
Overall, it is an approach which chimes with that of the European Commission's own negotiator, Michel Barnier, who said that the Protocol's procedures must be "as easy as possible, and not too burdensome, in particular for smaller businesses".
The economy of Northern Ireland is heavily dependent on small and medium-sized enterprises. Subjecting traders to unnecessary and disproportionate burdens - particularly as they wrestle with the economic consequences of coronavirus - would serve neither the interests of Northern Ireland nor the spirit of the Protocol text, which states that implementation "should impact as little as possible on the everyday life of communities".
That is why our proposals will implement the Protocol in a proportionate and pragmatic way - while protecting the interests of both the whole of the UK and the EU.
If some of the Protocol text sounds complicated, our aim for its implementation is simple: a commitment to prosperity and opportunity for all communities, and an understanding of their needs on both sides of the border.
Our goal - one we trust the EU shares - is to command the broadest possible cross-community support. From the Good Friday Generation, and from their parents and grandparents too.
Because we know that this is the approach that will offer the best protection for the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and its legacy; supporting businesses and the economy, and ensuring a positive new chapter for Northern Ireland and all its people.
Brandon Lewis is Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Michael Gove is Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster