"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Tuesday 1 December 2015


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "WEIRD STUFF HAPPENING": 

The military provides an life insurance policy on individuals that are activated for active duty in a combat deployment. One of the last things you do is sign the document along with naming the beneficiary.  

In an era when the entire military is volunteer, the reality of active duty combat is raised immediately upon talking to the recruiter. This even happens when you enlist in a reserve unit. You go into it with full knowledge that you may not come back.  16:31 is correct, you need to prepare yourself and your family for all eventualities.  

There are regimental associations - usually made up of families and friends of the members of the regiments - that do rally around the families of lost members. The military is still very closed to non-military agencies and this is how they deal with it. 

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 1 December 2015 at 09:31


I believe we may take this response  as accurate, up to date and from an informed source.

When  he was a boy, my late husband Cyril had a talent and a passion for music, specifically percussion. He  had an opportunity to attend Nether Hall , a military institution for teaching band music.

His  father would not  hear tell of it. 

He was in the army during the First World War. Between  wars,the military did not enjoy high status. 

It  may have had something to do with rape and plunder and press gangs and all that accompanies war. 

Military Brass were not known for high intellectual function. 

Or it may have had something to do with training intended to wipe out individuality and turn a soldier Into an automatum. 

Having  no personal experience, I have no idea. 

All  I know is from books and movies and TV serials like M.A.S.H. and the attitude of men like my father-in-law ,who did have experience during a war though I'm not sure he ever actually had experience in battle. 

But I must say the ones I noticed who revel most in the military experience do  tend to be the ones who never actually went to war. 

Like those who believe  displaying a fiendish weapon of death and destruction at the  War Memorial
for the Fallen is a noble concept. 

Just  the thing to remind grieving family members precisely how their loved ones died while they contemplate the loss. 


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Evelyn. That answers the question. I think we can safely ignore outside outfits pretending to represent servicemen
and women. I did not believe that they would have farmed their fund raising out to another group.

Anonymous said...

Whenever I hear a politician going on in a manner that is aggressive without content, I do look to see if
there is any military experience behind the rhetoric, The Bush/Cheney/ Rumsfield trio caused enormous
damage that is ongoing even today imo.