On the 26th June 2010 I attended the Armed Forces Day at the New Milton Memorial on the Recreation Ground. I was privileged to give a speech on the day as follows:
I am privileged to be here, on Armed Forces Day, to represent the people of New Milton and I extend a very warm welcome to the representatives of Lymington RBL who have joined us. Today we are gathered to show our Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.
That community is made up, not only of those currently serving and their families, but also of the Veterans who have given service in past conflicts, the Cadets who have yet to face conflict and those who give service alongside other careers.
No-one can fail to be moved when they hear of a young life being lost in the theatre of war, or when they hear a mother choking back tears as she speaks of a son or daughter who has been lost, or to see the tears of a Veteran on Remembrance Sunday when they recall their own memories of conflicts past and colleagues lost. What is truly humbling is their dignity and conviction that they, or their loved ones, were proud to be doing a job for the greater good of all of us.
The words of the poet John Milton are so true – THOSE ALSO SERVE WHO ONLY STAND AND WAIT
There is no doubt in my mind that our Armed Forces are the best in the world and they stand tall and proud on the world stage.
To you all ……….. the people of NEW MILTON and district SALUTE YOU.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL