Hundreds of people braved Wintery weather to bid farewell to a man that very few of them knew. James McConnell died in a British nursing home at the age of 70 with very few close family members. A vicar (clergy) that was to service the funeral thought it would not be right for the former Royal Marine to be buried without anyone in attendance so he put out a plea on today's modern sounding board, FaceBook. Many of them were Brit .mil types that came out to ensure that one of their own would not be laid to rest without the proper dignity and honour that they had earned. Quoted from the article:...
"It was mentioned wrongly that he did not have family; the corps family is bigger and better and than most people would know about."
Yesterday I lamented on not being in the military any longer, you now can see part of the reason why. That unspoken bound of brotherhood extended to one another created by shared respect and sense of duty. It extends across nationalities too among civilized people of the world's military forces as we all recognize the shared dangers of the profession and acknowledge the same courage to carry on even when we face off across a battlefield. Although it is lacking in modern times, the code of Chivalry still echoes in the hearts of those that believe that while countries fight wars, men fight each other and must do so with the respect of their enemy as well as their friend.
RIP James McConnell. You were a Royal Marine and that's good to go in my book.