Our 350 and the Holocaust Victims.
It is perhaps with some irony that we hear the awful news today of the sad death of Pte Martin Bell of the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, the 350th soldier to be lost in Afghanistan. Irony because this sad news comes to us on the same day as the Holocaust Memorial Day. We should all pause for a few moments to remember not only those in the forefront of our minds through current conflict but all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom over the years in whichever conflict, from the Holocaust to the present day.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
My heart felt condolences go out to the family of Pte Bell and to the families of all the other 300+ service personnel that we have lost in this latest conflict. The first line of that well known verse also bares some reflection though. The suffering of those that are left. Those that come back from operations bearing physical and mental scars. Their families who see a different person to the one they knew prior to their deployment. I’m not detracting in any way from the loss felt by the families for whom they will never see their loved ones again. Just spare a thought for those that continue to suffer, yet must still live their lives.