Armed Forces & Social Services

This quotation appears in the book "Hearts of Oak - a collection of Royal Naval anecdotes". In many ways it sums up feelings and comments in a number of threads, and the sentiments within should be looked at by those in power.

"The conclusion of the address given by Captain Peter Kimm at the memorial service of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fieldhouse of Gosport GCB GBE, in Westminster Abbey, 27 May 1992.
"The profession of arms in a benevolent democracy is intrinsically noble; and the likes of John Fieldhouse may, with justice, claim to be, first and foremost, servants of peace.

"John actually made precisely that claim in his maiden speech in the House of Lords... in his typically dry, low-key way, he said 'Our armed forces make a very large contribution to that most important of all social services - the maintenance of peace'. "

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