I will walk tall again:Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson

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  1. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Good piece in todays Mail about this couragous young man

    The crowd assembled in the sunshine for Armed Forces Day falls silent as the war veteran in full dress uniform takes his position proudly beneath the fluttering Union Jack.
    The Lance Bombardier delivers a brief but inspiring speech to the assembled servicemen, veterans and their families about his pride at being a soldier.
    Handsome and broad-shouldered, he might, from a certain angle, look the picture of robust physical fitness, a young serviceman in his prime. Glance down, though, and you will see that he is sitting in a wheelchair.

    His legs are gone from the knees down. In fact, he is the most grievously injured serviceman to have survived in modern warfare.

    Given that 25-year-old Ben Parkinson was expected by doctors to die of his wounds after he was blown up by a landmine in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, three years ago, never mind to speak again, his appearance at that gathering in June was nothing short of a miracle.
    For this remarkable young man, however, it was just a staging post in an extraordinary journey which he is determined will end in him returning to his regiment and Army career.

    Rest of his story here

  2. Makes ones own daily 'problems' pale into total insignificance by comparison,doesn't it? :salut:
  3. Agreed 'jboldie', totally agreed. Springing to mind: 'well 'ard', 'top respect' and 'nails'.