I'm not normally one for preaching or moaning on the net or elsewhere, or to get in political agendas about the rights or wrongs of war ..... but I was a tad disappointed when listening to the news the other day , when our Olympic team were returning from China. Yes the GB team have done brilliantly - such great athletes but to hear they had put on the plane heroes ! ???
I have a son in the Army, we are so proud of him , yet despite his tours of Iraq - on his and his platoons return to the UK , there was no well coming party, no commander or any officials to welcome them home - nothing. Even families weren't told when they were due to land so we couldn't even be there to welcome them.
Unfortunately not all come home as they leave and my heartfelt wishes go out to all Mothers, fathers, wives , husbands and families of those who have lost loved ones in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
These men & women are our heroes - though mostly unsung and un-noticed.
I spent this evening chatting with my son ( far left in the picture below ) as he flies out to Canada on exercise for the next 3 months - he's been given instructions by me to please try to photograph some of the stunning scenery out there !
This is him trying out his new Officers mess dress ... very smart ! very embarrassing !!!