Armistice Day

November 8, 2009 at 1:19 am | In Uncategorized by Paul Rafferty
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Armistice Day is a tribute to our men & women who have fought and died so that their neighbours might live without fear of aggression. A statement of those who lived and lost their chance for peace. Therefore, while Armistice Day is a day for pride, it is for pride in the achievements of others—humility in our own. We paid grievously for those faults of the past in deaths, disaster, and cost. It is no longer possible to shield ourselves with arms alone, against the ordeal of attack. For modern war visits destruction on the victor and the vanquished alike. Our only complete assurance of surviving Wars is to halt it before it starts. For that reason we clearly have no choice but to face the challenge of these strained times. To ignore the danger of aggression is simply to invite it. ARMED forces can wage wars but they cannot make peace. As a result today we are neither at peace nor war. Instead we are engaged in this contest of tension, seeking agreement with those who disdain it, re-arming, and struggling for peace. Our thoughts are very much with all the men and women of our armed forces, serving with such distinction at home and overseas, and our thoughts are also with their families. “So let us today pay tribute and give thanks to all who wear the British uniform, all who carry our flag and all who risk or have given their lives that our country can remain strong and free. Our gratitude is unbounded, as your heroism is given freely. You are in our thoughts today and always. A thought to our men and women in our armed forces. Go out and continue your military career, remember you are going to assume more and more responsibility. It is an honor and privilege to serve our great country. Continue to learn how to be of great service to that country and remember in some cases you may be leading men and women, British men and women who are really something special. Understand them and be loyal to them while, at the same time, you are being loyal to your superiors, your mission and your country.” Trust in your self and stay safe. God keep you safe. God Save the Queen. XXV

C&PRBL wishes all, a great day.

Many Thanks Paul XXV

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