FACEBOOK PLEA FOR MOURNERS AT VETERAN FUNERAL – The British Government have no time for our Armed Forces personnel but despite their contempt the British public whole-heartedly support our troops and rightfully acknowledge the dedication and sacrifice they make in order to keep us safe and uphold our liberty.
It was a sad occasion at the Woodland Court Residential Home in Portchester, Portsmouth, when one of their residents Rodney ‘Vic’ Silverster passed away at the age of just 67 after losing his battle with cancer.
Mr. Silverster was one of our many unsung heroes and served in the Royal Navy as a Submariner.
Mr. Silverster’s passing was sad enough but what really hurt the staff was knowing that Mr. Silverster only had one distant relative and it was likely that Mr. Silverster’s passing wouldn’t be mourned by very few people.
He deserved more and so the staff took it upon themselves to post a message on Facebook, clearly explaining the situation and inviting members of the public to turn out and give Mr. Silverster a decent send off.
As usual with the British public and their feelings towards those who give so much and ask for almost nothing in return they turned out in force; Mr. Silverster’s funeral would not be a lonely send off for an unsung and forgotten veteran.
Mr. Silverster’s single surviving relative turned up along with members of the public, including members of the Ex-Serviceman’s Club, British Legion and Submariner’s Associate; they even managed to find a Bugler to sound the Last Post.
John Harper, Mr. Silverster’s second cousin, remarked at how proud he was and with a tear in his eye thanked the public and staff for showing Mr. Silverster that he was not alone and that his life meant something to the British people.
Once the Facebook message went live it was quickly taken up by The British Legion and the Submariner’s Association who also helped spread the word and as the funeral procession was underway hundreds of people lined the streets and followed the funeral cortege to the church.
Mr. Silverster’s coffin was draped with the Union Jack and the Buglar sounded the Last Post; people stood in silence, bowed their heads and acknowledged a life that stood against tyranny and oppression. This was a good day to be British and is a clear message that we will never abandon the men and women who serve.
I am sure Mr. Silverster was looking down and was pleased that his life meant so much too so many.
This is not the first time that British public have displayed such admiration and respect for a retired veteran. It was earlier in the year that Albert Vaughan died alone and the British people, once they got wind of it, came out in the hundreds to line the streets to pay their final respects.
I am sure you feel as I do, proud and thankful that so many people turned out? Leave your comments below.