ARMED FORCES DAY: “We stand shoulder to shoulder to defend this great country!”
Editor’s Note: The following was written for us by an unnamed veteran.
Here is to Armed Forces Day!
I’m proud to have served!
To all those who ask “What was it like in the army?”
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I left home before I was legally able to drive, I left my friends and family behind. I was greeted by screaming corporals and sergeants. I wrote my own will before I was legally able to drink. I learnt how to run, march, shoot, take another mans life, save another mans life and run some more! I stood in the canteen at meal times eating food as fast as it was out on my plate cause we had very little time to eat. Too tired even to think how bad the food was. I kept going, every day waking at 0500hrs for the hard day ahead. I did PT everyday and ached in places I never knew I had.
I watched videos of people with shrapnel wounds and body parts missing! I have laid in holes in the ground motionless for hours at a time waiting for an attack by another soldier. I made friends like you wouldn’t believe. I have laughed, cried and been in scrapes with these people. I have lost friends in conflicts in places that I didn’t even know existed. We didn’t get much sleep and even less pay.
We fight! We fight not only for our friends and family but for our comrade next to us!
So if you want to put this great United Kingdom down, try putting yourselves in our shoes. Try defending it before you disgrace the men and women who defend not only the flag, but you and everyone else in this country. When I deployed I didn’t know if I would be coming back. What I did know is that I was proud to wear the uniform of this great country, and I, if given the chance, know that along with thousands of others, we would stand tall and shoulder to shoulder to defend this great country.
And yes I would do it all over again in the blink of an eye….PROUD TO HAVE SERVED