No doubt this was mentioned in the press worldwide but if not, here is a small contribution.
It was only by chance I noticed a great deal of activity by soldiers and police in the Catholic Church opposite our apartment block this morning.
I asked a few people when I went downstairs on my way out as to what was taking place as the Church looked as though it was under siege.
I was told that a Thanksgiving Mass for the life of Lance Corporal Tom Keogh, 25th August 1985 - 7th March 2010 was taking place this afternoon. Apparantly he grew up in this area and his family wanted the Catholic Church opposite to help them in their grief.
Having just returned from the service which I really felt I wanted to attend, I just had to write a few words. Lance Corporal Tom Keogh was yet another young man taken from this world whilst serving in Afghanistan.
The Church was overflowing with those wanting to pay their respects and many of us were moved to tears during and at the end of the service especially when the haunting tones of the Reveille and the Band and Bugles of The RIFLES played ''High on the Hill''
Yet another of our young, gallant men returned to the U.K. but this time it was so different to actually see it at first hand instead of so impersonally on the television screen.
I felt I just had to write this small post in acknowledgement of one more futile passing!
Edited by Petals, 25 March 2010 - 10:53 AM.