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Falklands 1 week 1 day ago #3813565

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Falklands 40 years on

History is made in many forms
Not known to one and all
Some of the facts are documented
Others older persons recall
A conflict that is ever in my mind
Well past my Service time
When the biggest Armada since World War 2
Left the U K shores for the South Atlantic clime
To thwart the claim by Argentina
To seize a Sovereign Isle
That was the task of the British Military force
Carried out in their own inimitable style
But many men suffered and many men died
In the Falklands all those years ago
And many were mentally wounded
The scars of their wounds never show
For the damage to them was buried deep
In their souls and in their mind
With an ever constant reminder
Of the colleagues they left behind
The horror of battle the noise and the smell
For the survivors is with them yet
So let's bow our heads and remember them all
Our heroes we must never forget.
As we go about our everyday chores
How many would stand and think of the cost
Of that tragic conflict in the South Atlantic
Where all those young lives were lost.


Dennis Shrubshall 10th July 2011
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Falklands 1 week 1 day ago #3813693

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I remember it very clearly - it still makes me cry just thinking about it.
My husband and I were having a celebratory weekend away when the News arrived, calling him back to his Unit.
I remember waving my husband off on another dangerous mission - anxiously watching every scrap of news about the Falklands War while he was out there - then being dismayed and worried when my husband had to stay behind after the war had ended to clear up and make safe the ammunition / bombs dropped all over the island during the war - being terrified when I received that dreaded yellow telegram envelope - then when I eventually plucked up courage to open the telegram, the intense feeling of relief and euphoria to discover the telegram was from my husband to say he was on his way home!

I hate war, bombs, guns and ammunition.
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Prince Andrew served his country well during the Falklands War, he flew a Sea King Helicopter protecting The Royal Navy by ‘Decoying ‘ enemy anti - ship missiles. He saw plenty of action and had many ‘close shaves’. He was praised for his skills as a helicopter pilot and for rescuing sailors from the sinking Atlantic Conveyor. He recalled that at times he was afraid.
When he came back he was the Golden boy of the Royal Family, a hero. He was second in line to the throne at the time.
Many war veterans ‘come undone’ after seeing action. We are well aware of the effects of PTSD. Some become violent within their families and end up divorced or thrown out. Some turn to alcohol and recreational drugs. Many end up homeless, drifting and on the streets. We pity them , we forgive them.

Prince Andrew’s recent misdemeanours have cost him the respect of the country, the privileges and patronage he enjoyed due to his position in the Royal Family and those awarded to him due to his former military career. He has been publicly humiliated and his life has been turned upside down. The humiliation goes on.
Is it time for forgiveness ?

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Falklands 1 week 22 hours ago #3813969

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I think you are accepting the royal propaganda without any filter. He was never allowed near any danger, always accompanied by two other helicopters to cover him, and was intensely disliked by other officers and sailors. He is just not a nice person and there should be no avenue for forgiveness for him.

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Falklands 6 days 23 hours ago #3814375

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Those men served and died to save liberty and freedom of speech however that does don include biased personal opinion which should not be forced on others

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…….Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong….Gandhi.

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