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    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2009 8:34am (Nov 11th 2009)
     
    I was on my regular run to John Radcliffe Hospital yesterday when, after just having come off the A34 onto the A40 I spotted quite as few blue lights in the distance so I pulled over to let them pass and as the first two outriders came closer I realised that this was a convoy of some sort, only to realise that this was the convoy with 6 hearses, 6 coffins, all with a Union Jack draped over them. ....the soilders who had just arrived back from Afghanistan.


    As the Convoy passed me, I followed and I was the first car behind the last car of the Police convoy.....

    People were lining the streets and this convoy seemed to be going exactly the same route that I was going and I wondered where it was headed, only to find out that they were heading for John Radcliffe Hospital.

    I am not ashamed to say that I sobbed my heart out whilst following these brave soilders.

    I cannot believe the number of people that came out and lined the streets.

    There is a Catholic Church on the corner just as one turns into the Hospital grounds and that too was packed with people who must have gathered there just to see the convoy go past them.

    I felt honoured and privilaged to be able to follow these brave men, albeit for a few miles. I know I never knew them and they did not know me in ther life time but it is amazing how someone touches your heart, be it in life or in their passing.

    I will never ever forget what happened yesterday. My heart hurts just to think of it and to be writing this.

    I told my Mum when I got to see her yestereday as to why I was a bit late coming in to see her and the first words she said to me about it was that I should consider myself privilaged to have been able to walk (drive) behind that and that pray God that the families can deal with their grief with courage and pride.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2009 3:49pm (Nov 11th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's really nicely put Init.

    I can't really add anything but whether you agree with the war or not, it makes you take a step back and think...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2009 10:19pm (Nov 11th 2009)
     
    I cry when I see it on TV, so can understand your emotion. You were priviledged to be able to pay your respects.