I Support Armed Forces Day

28 Jun

British Armed Forces Day is on Saturday.  Not everyone is in favour of it.

The first memorial to the 55,573 airmen killed during Second World War bombing raids opened in Britain today.  I think it is wrong that it took sixty-seven years to honour their sacrifice.

The issue is contentious because of the numbers who died at the hands of Bomber Command, when we were fighting for our survival.  There are no easy answers; I know that.

I do not agree with everything we have been to war about, but I wholeheartedly support our troops and the difficult job they do.  I was therefore disgusted to read that two military personnel were refused service in Coventry because they were in uniform.  They were in uniform because they were on a break between the rehearsal and funeral of a colleague and brother.

My elder brother was in the British Army for twenty-two years.  I am proud of him.  My friend’s son is in the Army; he has done one tour so far of Afghanistan.  He brought home the bullet that had his name on it – it hit the tank he had been leaning against, just as he happened to bend down.

He is in Kenya at the moment, training.  For those who have nothing good to say about our squaddies, I’ll quote from his mother’s email to me:

One of his highlights he said was they went to an orphanage where they’ve had a broken tractor for several years so the children have been ploughing the field. It took them a day and a half to fix the tractor and another day and a half ploughing the field.

Talking of his bending down, when he went off to join the Army, his massive extended family went to the station to wave him off.  Many of them were crying; so, from the train, he pulled down his pants and mooned them.

And they gave this boy a gun! 

I think we’re in good hands.

19 Responses to “I Support Armed Forces Day”

  1. SchmidleysScribbling June 28, 2012 at 16:52 #

    If I was 50 years younger, I would support the hottie in the helmet. Give me a guy in uniform any day. (How do you think I got into so much trouble?)

    Seriously, my favorite part of the tribute to Elizabeth II the other week was the guys in their nineteenth century red coats riding horses with their horsehair helmets waving in the breeze. Cool!!

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  2. gigihawaii June 28, 2012 at 17:00 #

    I saw on the news that the Queen shook hands with the leader of the IRA. That was momentous as the IRA killed a relative of hers. Peace, that’s all I want, Peace!

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  3. adinparadise June 28, 2012 at 17:04 #

    Great story, Tilly.;)

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  4. McGuffyAnn June 28, 2012 at 17:58 #

    I support Armed Forces Day, too. I know there are mixed feelings, but “if you don’t stand up for something, you will fall for anything”. Freedom, honour, peace, security…thses are worth fighting for. Stopping evil in the world is also.
    God bless those who protect us. Great post.

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  5. viveka June 28, 2012 at 18:43 #

    Yes, we send out our boys in wars that isn’t even ours …. and too many are not coming back home – why ?????? I support our peace forces – but I don’t support the wars that are only in economic interests – our boys should had to fight in wars like that. Have very mix feeling here … but it has nothing to do with what our boys out there – they do a fantastic job and I respect them for that. I don’t think I will sleep safer because young men fight and dies in Iran.

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    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife June 29, 2012 at 11:01 #

      we send out our boys in wars that AREn’t even ours ….
      our boys should NOT HAVE to fight in wars like that.
      Have very mixED feelingS here … but it has nothing to do with what our boys ARE DOING out there
      I don’t think I will sleep safer because young men fight and die [ NO s ] in Iran.

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  6. Al June 29, 2012 at 02:31 #

    Good for you Tilly. And good for your brother. And good for your friend’s son. We have the same contentious feelings here in the states, but when you come right down to it, if it weren’t for these men and women so willing to fight overseas, we’d be fighting instead right here at home. Your country above all should understand that. Nice post!

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  7. jmgoyder June 29, 2012 at 03:27 #

    Great post. There is a lot of ignorance out there.

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  8. thefreshmanexperience June 29, 2012 at 04:54 #

    I am flabbergasted. A policy of not serving anyone in a uniform seems ludicrous. If you can’t stand behind the men and women in the armed services, then you should stand in front of them… I, too, support Armed Services Day for our allies.

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  9. SidevieW June 29, 2012 at 07:00 #

    The armed forces, at the active level are usually people to be admired. I’m not always certain of those at the top. Some are stuck in armchairs but wanting to rattle their sabres and send others off to die

    the WW2 bomber crews who died, died trying to protect their country, the memorial is way overdue

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  10. eof737 June 29, 2012 at 09:45 #

    Same… and an end to all wars. 😉

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  11. bluebee June 30, 2012 at 03:47 #

    As much as I hate war, it is unfortunately a fact of life in this world, and agree that the forces deserve our support for an unenviable job.

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  12. laurieanichols July 1, 2012 at 14:55 #

    wonderful post Tilly

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