Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Queen's Christmas

From the Telegraph:
"Queen's Christmas message to veterans"

The Queen has delivered a Christmas message acknowledging the "great debt of gratitude" the country owes its armed forces.   In a letter to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, of which she is patron, Her Majesty paid tribute to those "who put their lives in jeopardy to keep us safe".  The Evening Standard reported that The Queen also pointed out the importance of this "collaborative Christmas campaign" on the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.   She wrote: "Please convey my warm thanks to the chairman and trustees of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for their message of loyal greetings sent on the occasion of the launch of their collaborative Christmas campaign to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by servicemen and servicewomen in returning to civilian life.   "This year we commemorate the sacrifices made by members of the armed services 100 years ago.  "We owe a great debt of gratitude to past and present servicemen and servicewomen who put their lives in jeopardy to keep us safe and it is clear that the work of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is as important today as it has ever been.   "As your patron, I thank you for your kind message and send my very best wishes."

^ Queen Elizabeth II is beloved throughout the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and all the other Commonwealth Realms and countries she is the head of. As a Canadian, military brat and Commonwealth citizen it is good to hear her praise the hard-work of the soldiers that protect us everyday. It is especially hard to be away with their loved ones during the holidays. ^

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