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HookLine&Screamer
09-11-2011, 10:37
THE FINAL INSPECTION



The soldier stood and faced God
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'

Author Unknown~


Without Apology
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Thinking of all the
British Soldiers

John
09-11-2011, 10:48
Nice words HLS :clap:

R.I.P David "Jaffa" Atherton miss you cous :(

And all those who lost there lives in war.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBfKLNzQQbc

Jack Sparrow
09-11-2011, 11:08
RIP my friends and sevice personel past and present who I have never had the privilage to serve with or know. But I knew you all did it for your great country.

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JS

the nowed serpent
09-11-2011, 11:28
Lest we forget their sacrifice

Malc
09-11-2011, 12:10
You fought for your Country and paid the ultimate price.

We thank you all and you will never be forgotten

R.I.P

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Pacman
09-11-2011, 14:34
Echo all the above.......Remembrance day is a sad and a proud day :cool:

Not sure if any of yu have been, but the National Arboretum is just outside Burton-On-Trent, free entry and a good day out.

http://www.thenma.org.uk/index.aspx

John
09-11-2011, 15:31
Sunset Vigil(Afghanistan)

The news is spread far and wide
Another comrade has sadly died
A sunset vigil upon the sand
As a soldier leaves this foreign land

We stand alone, and yet as one
In the fading light of a setting sun
We’ve all gathered to say goodbye
To our fallen comrade who’s set to fly

The eulogy’s read about their life
Sometimes with words from pals or wife
We all know when the CO’s done
What kind of soldier they’d become

The padre then calls us all to pray
The bugler has Last Post to play
The cannon roars and belches flame
We will recall, with pride, their name

A minute’s silence stood in place
As tears roll down the hardest face
deafening silence fills the air
With each of us in personal prayer

Reveille sounds and the parade is done
The hero remembered, forgotten by none
They leave to start the journey back
In a coffin draped in the Union Jack

Sgt Andy McFarlane, 2009.