Tuesday, April 27, 2010


There was a parade today in San Antonio, for the deployment of the 162 aerial support and medical company. They’re going to Afghanistan in the next few days, so outside the Alamo there were flags and uniforms and speeches. We only started watching when the presentation was probably half way through, but there were lots of families standing around. The general (female) spoke about these medics having faith in themselves, their training and equipment. Their equipment? Do they tell the British soldiers that too?

I can’t imagine what it must feel like to watch a member of your family standing in this parade, about to fly to Afghanistan for six months, and to hear that they’re going to fight the ‘war on terror’. Whatever you feel about the war, there’s no doubting the support these soldiers have here as individuals.

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