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Offline ALANF

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Military and Young People
« on: 06 November, 2009, 10:14:53 PM »
At this time of year, we of the older generation think of the men in uniform who have died in the service of their country, including those whose bodies and minds have been shattered.  We can remember, and to a certain extent empathise, but what do the children of today think of the military? When I was at primary school, there was a boy in my class, whose Father had been recalled to the colours and sent to the War in Korea. Nobody had heard of this country before, and although it was pointed out to us on the large wall map on the classroom wall, we were still none the wiser.  The point of it was that we all looked on this boy as someone special to have a Father in the Army and actually fighting. Do the children of today have the same respect for our fighting men? Where I live they certainly do, because it is a small town with a military camp on the outskirts. Children from the camp go to local schools, many military families live in the town, and there are a large number of retired servicemen who live in the town,(Myself included). Looking at the wider picture, whenever I see the children of the schools in the big cities, I can't help but wonder what would happen if the Armed Forces lost the support of the general population. We have seen what happens when the police no longer have the support of the local population. I hope that the teachers are instilling in todays children a pride in our country and Armed Forces. They certainly do at my Grandson's school. His Father has just gone to Afghanistan, and so has the Husband of his teacher.
Wear your Poppy with pride.