Proud to Be British

I will tell you a story which in essence is true,
It is a trifle long, I hope it will please you.
I was going to Cyprus to enjoy my holiday,
I sat in my seat, I was flying with B.A.
A moment later ten  British Army youngsters surrounded me,
They were flying to Cyprus on a training schedule you see.
They were on their way to fight in Afghanistan,
In three weeks’ time they would be fighting in that foreign land.
All were just eighteen, never been to war before,
They all knew in Afghanistan hell could be the score.
The stewardess came round taking orders for lunch,
I ordered mine, I was on holiday, I fancied a tasty brunch.
The young soldiers all broke, said” Not today thank you,
We will wait till we get to our barracks for our next brew”.
That could be at least another six hours to go,
Young hungry soldiers would not like that we all know.
I got up and walked to the back of the plane,
Gave the stewardess a fifty pound note and to explain,
That was for the soldiers to get lunch and coffee.
She replied” God bless you sir, I wish I could give it to them free”
When our brave boys knew what I had done,
The smiles on their faces, their thanks , cheered everyone.
After the meal the captain came down the aisle to talk to me,
He boomed out” I have come to thank you for your generosity,
In supporting our brave soldiers in their hour of need,
An army marches on its stomach , you certainly did succeed”
The captain called for three cheers, it made my heart swell,
Someday this story to my grandchildren I will tell.
When I went to the toilet a passenger took my hand,
Said” Here’s  £25 I would like to join you, hope you understand”
For the rest of the flight the passengers treated me like a king,
Donations flowed in, I had £200 before the plane started its landing.
The passengers appreciated our soldiers were putting their lives on the line,
Only fate would decide who would die, be injured, or come home fine.
I handed the money over to the corporal in charge and said,
“Spend it gentlemen, enjoy yourselves while you are alive not dead”
There was a tear in his eye when he slowly replied,
“It is not the money but you care is what counts,
That our lives mean so much to you is of paramount.
What our future is on the front line none of us know,
But this day we will not forget, “ We are proud to be British and you support today sets our hearts aglow”

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