Posted by Big John on June 27, 2008
Today is Veterans’ Day (something new in this country), and although I have been awarded my Veteran’s Badge I do feel a bit of a fraud, for I was a reluctant conscript back in the 1950’s who never saw any action, and in fact never left these shores.
I served during ‘The Cold War’ and spent most of my time ‘as safe as houses’ working in an underground ‘bomb proof’ bunker.
So as one who had a ‘cushy’ time in the RAF I would like to salute my fellow veterans who did not have it so easy and who saw action and faced death in many far off places.
Today we are very aware of what it means to ‘join the colours’ as the reality of war is shown every night on the TV news, where we see so many pictures of the flag draped coffins of those young people who were never destined …
… to become ‘veterans’.