June 21st, 2011

I’m supporting Armed Forces Day

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

I’ve not seen much about this but I noticed a flag flying on my way home from work this week & looked it up when I got home.

Saturday 25th June is Armed Forces Day. This is a day to recognise and support those in the armed forces of the UK. The central event to mark the day takes part in Edinburgh  bit there are event sup and down the country, you can see details on the website on the previous link.

I was struck by this story which appeared in the Currant Bun this week.

David Hart, aged 23, a Royal Marines Commando, was killed in Afghanistan a year ago, he was the 101st soldier to die in the Sangin region of the country. He had previously taken out a life insurance policy for £250,000 should anything happen to him.

His wishes stipulated that should he be killed, £100,000  should be used to pay for his friends & their girlfriends to go to Las Vegas for a huge party in his memory. They set off for the party this week.

David also left £50,000 to a charity supporting injured marines.

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4 comments

  1. Simon says:

    Another waste of life. A man who with more courage than all the MP’s put together.

    June 22nd, 2011 at 08:03

  2. Fee says:

    Well, I had no idea my hometown was central to Saturday’s events until you told me, so thanks for the heads up! Plans now being made to visit HMS Portland (although might leave older daughter at home, sailors being sailors) and looking forward to seeing the Red Arrows.

    As for the fallen Marine – he’s shown more guts in 23 years than I could in a lifetime. I hope his Vegas wake is remembered for a very long time. God rest his soul.

    June 22nd, 2011 at 08:58

  3. Stillablackrat says:

    R.I.P. Marine.

    I wonder if my force will be as keen to fly the Union Flag from it’s nicks, as it was to fly the rainbow one on gay and transgender day. Probably not.

    June 22nd, 2011 at 12:41

  4. Tony F says:

    Top Man. 23 and had more sense than all the politicos in the world.

    June 22nd, 2011 at 19:33

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