TOUCHING FAREWELL FOR HERO THAT CLEARLY SHOWS BRITISH RESPECT AND HUMILITY – Over the past few days I have hung my head in shame to be British due to the disrespectful and humiliating display of British incapacity to show humility. This is of course all to do with the vile behaviour of anarchists and Labour party supporters on the news of Baroness Thatcher’s death.
At last today I write something that allows me to once again hold my head up high and acknowledge that there are some in the UK who go that extra mile to show just how much they appreciate the efforts and sacrifices of others.
Albert Vaughan, a war veteran, age 89, passed away in a care home on his birthday but had few friends or relatives to mourn his passing and for one home care manager, Chris Homer of Mamion Nursing Home, that was something that shouldn’t be allowed to happen.
In an act of true human kindness and respect for a man that gave so much during his service to his country Chris wrote an email to the National Ex-Services Association, telling them that Albert had passed away and that he had few friends or relatives to attend his funeral. The email hit a note and it went viral and messages from around the UK and world poured in with tributes, including faraway places such as Dubai, India and Australia.
During the funeral over 500 people turned up to pay their final respects to Albert at St Editha’s Church, Tamworth, England.
As a serving Royal Marine during World War 2 the National Ex-Services Association put together a funeral fit for someone who gave so much to serving his country. During the funeral service Albert was given full honours with the Union Jack draped on his coffin while the Royal British Legion played ‘The Last Post’ – a fitting and rightful tribute to a soldier who served with dignity and honour.
“The response has been phenomenal; my phone just hasn’t stopped ringing. It’s just all been so touching. After learning of Albert’s death I thought “this is a man who has served our country”. He has done so much for us so I had to do something.” Chris Homer
After joining the Royal Marines at the tender age of 18 Albert in Malaysia but was discharged due to a shrapnel injury. In 1991, due to health issues and mental health issue Albert entered the care of the Mamion Nursing Home where he was to remain for the next 21 years until his death.
I personally would like to thank Chris Homer because he has single handily restored my faith in humanity. In these dark days of hate and violence I often despair that people like Albert gave so much and yet despite his willingness to preserve our liberty we have turned the UK into something that is anything but pleasant.
It is warming to know that people like Chris Homer will go that extra mile, as did Albert, and it is their efforts that should be commended and valued. Thank you Chris and thank you Albert; may you rest with those who you lost and have now found.