I received this email tonight... and to me it is absolutely gut wrenching:|
"The Royal Australian Navy regrets to advise that a member of the ships company of HMAS ( I have removed the ships name) is missing presumed drowned in the South Pacific - (I have deleted the port due to OPSEC = Operations Security) There was more to this email but I chose not to post it.... "
I am so saddened by this news, it affects each one of us who are and have loved ones serving. We are a VERY big family and in a country our size, someone always knows someone who knows someone.. they serve together, train together, fight together, play together, eat and drink together and when along side, we socialise together.
It could have very well been my husband, the kids dad, my in laws son, I thank the Goddess it was not... it is a fear that we, who love those who serve have. While it was not my sailor, it was another mothers sailor, this sailor was so very precious to a family here in Australia. Tonight as I sit and type my heart and thoughts go out to an unnamed family, whose loved one will not be returning home at the end of this tour.. may they find strength in the knowledge that there are many people here tonight who are thinking of them
- They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
- Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
- At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
- We will remember them
- Lest We Forget