Thursday, July 30, 2009


It is the passing of an era.
Hundreds of people have lined the streets of an English town to watch the funeral of one of Britain's last World War I veterans. Henry Allingham, who was in the Royal Naval Air Service in the war and later with the RAF, was the world's oldest man when he died 12 days ago aged 113. Since his death, the last WWI veteran in Britain, Harry Patch, has also died. Mr Allingham's funeral was followed by a flypast of five replica WWI aircraft. The veteran was being buried with full military honours.

The death of these men is cause for a moment of reflection. Like so many of that generation they served their country proudly, fought the enemy and did not apologise for it. The military tradition is an ancient and honourable one but it almost seems incompatible with the wishes of the modern liberal media that seeks to undermine the inherent nobility of our warrior class. God bless - Henry Allingham - you served your country well.

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