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2009/07/15 00:22:24 (permalink)

Fallen Soldiers Returning Home

Hi guys.  Did any of you see this on the news today?(well theoretically yesterday).  Was the most moving thing i have seen in my life.  I am a pretty tough minded person, but i admit i sat and watched the news and actualy cried.  Just looked on BBC website and saw actualy how many lined the route...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8149051.stm

An amazing show of respect.

I know we have our downfalls etc, but seeing what i saw today made me proud to be British.  RIP to all the soldiers who lost their lives.

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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 00:28:23 (permalink)
    Good post mate- tragic loss of life recently.  British need to get their act together sharpish.

    I'm too much of a wuss thankfully, but if I'd followed through my brief Marines career I'd be due out there in September.  Really fcuking glad I'm not.

    Rispek to those who do it though.

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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 00:37:52 (permalink)
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    Good post mate- tragic loss of life recently.  British need to get their act together sharpish.

    I'm too much of a wuss thankfully, but if I'd followed through my brief Marines career I'd be due out there in September.  Really fcuking glad I'm not.

    Rispek to those who do it though.


    same here mate, i would love to do it, serve my country and all that, but i dont know if its worth putting the worry on your family, and the risk of being messed up and killed.  hence anyone who goes through with it and does it earns my highest respect.

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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 06:01:00 (permalink)
    Just seen this on the early morning news....very upsetting.

    RIP
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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 07:22:30 (permalink)
    Great post.

    Im glad that more of the public are seeing the scrafices thats so many have made.

    Thankyouplease
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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 08:09:36 (permalink)
    Its an absolute disgrace, beyond the mocking of anyone, that these guys are not given the right equipment to do this thankless task.
     
    Everyone responsible should hang their heads in shame, but they wont, they are too busy in the trough.
     
    RIP boys.

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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 09:56:10 (permalink)
    Sunset Vigil
    The news is spread far and wide
    Another comrade has sadly died
    A sunset vigil upon the sand
    As a soldier leaves this foreign land//

    We stand alone, and yet as one
    In the fading light of a setting sun
    We've all gathered to say goodbye
    To our fallen comrade who's set to fly//
     
    The eulogy's read about their life
    Sometimes with words from pals or wife
    We all know when the CO's done
    What kind of soldier they'd become//
     
    The padre then calls us all to pray
    The bugler has Last Post to play
    The cannon roars and belches flame
    We will recall, with pride, their name//
     
    A minute's silence stood in place
    As tears roll down the hardest face
    Deafening silence fills the air
    With each of us in personal prayer//
     
    Reveille sounds and the parade is done
    The hero remembered, forgotten by none
    They leave to start the journey back
    In a coffin draped in the Union Jack 
    post edited by mackenzie_uk - 2009/07/15 09:59:18


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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 10:30:06 (permalink)
    Nice poem Mackenzie...was gonna quote some song lyrics myself that seem quite relevent

    Alter Bridge-One By One

    Underneath the desert sun
    They bid my brother's blood to run
    Many miles away
    Hell has come today

    Fire raining from the sky
    See the face of fear asking one last time
    Let me get home safe
    Before it's too late

    Chorus:
    One by one
    The brave will fall
    Life is lost again
    They gave it all

    Deep within the castle walls
    So many grieve as funeral songs
    Echo endlessly
    Ode to memories

    This sacrifice of flesh and blood
    For a promised land that may not be won
    Let us not forget the hero laid to rest


    And they gave it all
    A price we can't ignore
    Is there hope in what they're dying for?
    For every hero born
    From every family torn
    We will honor you forevermore

    post edited by AWG - 2009/07/15 10:34:11
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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 10:48:48 (permalink)
    Nice contribution AWG. Another and last one from me:

    A Soldier's Last Inspection - Unknown

    The soldier stood and faced God,
    Which must always come to pass.
    He hoped his shoes were shining,
    Just as brightly as his brass.

    "Step forward now, you soldier,
    How shall I deal with you?
    Have you always turned the other cheek?
    To My Church have you been true?"

    The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
    "No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
    Because those of us who carry guns,
    Can't always be a saint.

    I've had to work most Sundays,
    And at times my talk was tough.
    And sometimes I've been violent,
    Because the world is awfully rough.

    But, I never took a penny,
    That wasn't mine to keep...
    Though I worked a lot of overtime,
    When the bills got just too steep.

    And I never passed a cry for help,
    Though at times I shook with fear.
    And sometimes, God, forgive me,
    I've wept unmanly tears.

    I know I don't deserve a place,
    Among the people here.
    They never wanted me around,
    Except to calm their fears.

    If you've a place for me here, Lord,
    It needn't be so grand.
    I never expected or had too much,
    But if you don't, I'll understand.

    There was a silence all around the throne,
    Where the saints had often trod.
    As the soldier waited quietly,
    For the judgment of his God.

    "Step forward now, you soldier,
    You've borne your burdens well.
    Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
    You've done your time in Hell."



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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 10:54:20 (permalink)
    RIP to them all.
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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 11:32:44 (permalink)
    Makes you realise how utterly mindless war is. These men are leaving wives and children behind, all for what? Basically because some twat in downing street says so, since it is widely acknowledged that the war in Afghanistan and also Iraq is making the UK/US a more dangerous place to live. Worse yet it is difficult to see an end to the War if victory is defined as "defeating the taliban", since the taliban recruit more and more members every single day. I hope for the return of our troops some day soon. May the fallen RIP.
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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 13:12:32 (permalink)
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    Hi guys.  Did any of you see this on the news today?(well theoretically yesterday).  Was the most moving thing i have seen in my life.  I am a pretty tough minded person, but i admit i sat and watched the news and actualy cried.  Just looked on BBC website and saw actualy how many lined the route...
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8149051.stm

    An amazing show of respect.

    I know we have our downfalls etc, but seeing what i saw today made me proud to be British.  RIP to all the soldiers who lost their lives.


    Good post. An absolute tragedy. I have the utmost respect for these young men and, having a son not much younger, great sympathy for their families.

    I dont know whether to cry or rage that some c.unt in Westminster, without the balls to do what these guys are doing daily, is sending them to their deaths in such a pointless conflict for his own political benefit, while he sits back and pads his expense account out of their taxes




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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 14:04:33 (permalink)
    Dulce Et Decorum Est

    Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, 
    Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, 
    Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs 
    And towards our distant rest began to trudge. 
    Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots 
    But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; 
    Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots 
    Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
    Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! –  An ecstasy of fumbling, 
    Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time; 
    But someone still was yelling out and stumbling, 
    And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime. . . 
    Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light, 
    As under a green sea, I saw him drowning. 
    In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, 
    He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. 
    If in some smothering dreams you too could pace 
    Behind the wagon that we flung him in, 
    And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, 
    His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin; 
    If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood 
    Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, 
    Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
    Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, 
    My friend, you would not tell with such high zest 
    To children ardent for some desperate glory, 
    The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est 
    Pro patria mori.

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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 14:16:17 (permalink)
    RIP

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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 14:44:45 (permalink)
    I read one of them was within weeks/days of coming home for a break and didn't tell his family because he wanted to surprise them, think he was the youngest at 18.
     
    RIP
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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 14:56:54 (permalink)
    I have found the expression of support and shared grief to be very touching. I do like to let things like this actually bring a tear to my eye as i think it's healthy to do that from time to time. At the moment i'm a bit of a wuss as all my emotions are balanced on a precipice, but it was very sad to hear people talking about their friends who have died. A mate of mine is back in the UK for now but will be back in Afghanistan before too long.

    It's humbling to think that theses people put their lives at risk for their country - irrelevant of if i think they should be there.

    Awesome pic, but Tony you're not doing yourself many favours posting up tips on preventing the gag reflex and then a picture of a guy touching his toes - Ak
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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 18:19:17 (permalink)
    Good thread showing support for our troops. It means alot to us all and familys. As from Monday I will be there also.

    Steve.

    Thankyouplease
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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 18:35:18 (permalink)
    I was in Bassett on Monday evening when the camera crews were arriving. Sitting there on the bench in the High Street knowing why they were setting up was enough to set me off. It really is heart rending to be there.
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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 19:45:31 (permalink)
    scstevo

    Good thread showing support for our troops. It means alot to us all and familys. As from Monday I will be there also.

    Steve.


    good luck mate.  stay safe. 



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    Re:Fallen Soldiers Returning Home 2009/07/15 20:38:45 (permalink)
    Thankyou , for Raising this post, its very comforting to know how most people think , lets set aside any political debate that may arise from this post , and remember this , these Men ,Women, and Boys, and Girls, have touched our souls, they are freinds of freinds ,family and loved ones , every time a hero comes home , it breaks my heart and fills me pride and passion , but the last eight , was very hard to take , i as others have cried , i know all to well what service life entails , as i am ex-service, and any one who is , knows the the ultimate price you have to pay.
     
    My son will soon be getting ready to leave for Afghan, although not front line , he is still going to be  there and the worry will never go , until he is home,
     
    What some of these young solders have seen at their age of 19 , is Terrible , not only this conflict but all the others , over the years , our armed forces have kept this country free for 200 years and may this carry on for another 200 years ,
     
    In 1982 , a young man went to the Falklands , he didn't ask why because thats what we were  told to do , the ship he was on was attacked by an exocet missile , he was at the point of impact , his body was never found , i travel to Derby every year to remember him on rememberence Sunday , Thats the Price we pay as service men and women .
     
    Regards Bear.
     
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