Friday, 6 June 2014

Thank you

I write this brief entry with tears in my eyes. I have just been watching the coverage of today's D-Day ceremony.  I have just witnessed possibly the most humbling thing I will hear.  Three men, veterans who are in their twilight, who owe us nothing, yet who we owe them everything, talking about their duty even today.  Not the duty they had years ago, but the duty they feel they have today.

That duty is to return to Normandy as often as possible to remember their friends.  Those who went ashore or descended from the sky to defend to keep a nation they never saw again, free.

Reflect on that for a while.  Their sense of ongoing duty should humble us all.  The only thing I can say thank you.

If you see someone who stood up to be counted when our nation called, please take the time to say thank you.  Let them know that for all our country is but a shadow of what they hoped their sacrifice would deliver, it was not totally in vain.

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