An hon­our and a huge priv­i­lege

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Watts The Goss -

THANKS What do you say to a man who put his life on the line so that we could en­joy the free­dom we do to­day?

Thank you. A sim­ple thank you was all I could muster when I met 95-year-old Nor­mandy vet­eran Vic­tor MacKen­zie. I was hon­oured to be asked to at­tend a gar­den party at Buck­ing­ham Palace or­gan­ised by the Not For­got­ten As­so­ci­a­tion, a char­ity which pro­vides treats – hol­i­days, days out, events – for in­jured ser­vice per­son­nel.

It was a very spe­cial day. I talked to vet­er­ans about their ex­pe­ri­ences and was fas­ci­nated by their sto­ries of what they saw and en­coun­tered in Iraq, Afghanista­n, Bos­nia, the Falk­lands and Sierra Leone, where some were de­ployed to deal with the Ebola cri­sis.

It’s a very hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence talk­ing to some­one who has served Queen and coun­try.

Vic­tor’s role in the war was to trans­port am­mu­ni­tions and sup­plies to the front line. Vic­tor, I salute you, be­cause if it weren’t for peo­ple like you fight­ing fas­cism, my fam­ily would never have been able to move to Bri­tain and I would not have been able to lead the life

I have.

I will never for­get. THUMBS UP Amara and Zac with den­tist

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