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Whats in a word?


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Being that it's Remembrance Day and I have been watching the programs on TV where guys have recounted stories from the World wars and I was minded that the word hero seems to be used to describe any and everyone who has just happened to have been posted to a conflict zone.

The guys who were recounting there tales were almost embarrassed to be considered hero's but when you think of the equipment these guys had the quite basic training the often quite brutal living conditions you cannot help but be moved by their stories.

But nowadays the word hero is leveled at anyone who has served in Afghanistan or previously Iraq where the closest most came to danger was hoping a scorpion had not crept into their boots.

This post in no way denigrates the the incredible acts of heroism we have come to hear about from our service personnel in these countries and others.But could the media please reserve the word Hero (" A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life") for people that deserve to be called it.

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Depends who has made the cup of tea. I have tasted tea that you would have had to be a hero to drink. NAAFI tea for starters. But you can't beat a cuppa made in the field, by a sergeant's major in the Royal Marines.

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No-one asks for clarification any more, they "demand answers"

No-one gets beaten, or loses, they "crash out"

No doubt if I had a nasty accident tomorrow it would be "Falklands Hero's Tragic Death" even though I was there a long time after the last Argentinian had left!

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