Walking tall for the nation
November is a time for reflection for many – the summer is over, winter is a couple of weeks away and Armistice Day is the 11th, next Wednesday.
I am very fortunate that I have never lost a friend or family member in a conflict and I can celebrate a dear friend’s birthday on the 11th, so I can contemplate the significance of this time of year and proudly wear the poppy without the emotional turmoil of loss.
Not only am I grateful to all our service people who have given their lives in war and those who have been injured, I am lifted up by the amount of support and effort given to the many services charities by caring, grateful Brits across the kingdom.
The Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes, Walking with the Wounded and the many other laudable charities would not exist but for the generosity and appreciation of the great British public (not forgetting the inspiring help given by our children).
This week I have been particularly touched by reading the story of Kirstie Ennis, the 24 year old American marine who, with 5 others, walked 1000 miles from Scotland to Buckingham Palace, to raise money and awareness for Walking with the Wounded.
Kirstie was severely injured when her helicopter was blown up in Afghanistan and has had 38 operations to reconstruct her. In the summer she was due to have her left leg amputated but she postponed the op in order to participate in the 1000 mile walk, helping other wounded service personnel be retrained for careers outside the military.
How inspiring is Kirstie and many like her yet how easily do we forget the courage and sacrifice of others in order to complain about the weather or the failure of our rugby/football team !!
Ps How proud must Diana be as she looks down on her fine sons who have matured so much in her image?