Whatever you think about war and military service- the people who serve the country of our behalf need our prayers and support. Too often this takes place only when we honour the memory of the dead in November- for the last two years we have had the chance to celebrate their achievements as much as the memory of those lost. Today is the Uk’s second annual Armed Forces Day . It’s an opportunity for the nation to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, and from veterans to recruits.
Across the county people are getting involved: communities are holding local events, businesses are showing their support through promotional offers, and to kick off the proceedings and early this week some local authorities held-raising ceremonies.
For the National Event, The Historic Chatham Dockyard opens its doors, so you can learn more about the Army, Navy and RAF, meet members of local units and lunch out surrounded by history. Chatham is just one event being held in support of Armed Force Day. You can find out more at http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/Default.aspx
I have never had to serve my country in a theatre of battle and I thank God for that. Others put themselves at risk so that I and millions of my countrymen never have to face the pressure and challenge of armed conflict. I pray that all servicing armed forces personnel remain well-equipped, safe and ethically and morally certain of their role and the job they have to do. I pray also that the chaplaincy services of the church provide the support our soldiers, sailors, air force and other military personnel need.