Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 10 October 2015

Shame at how we treat heroes

Published 17/04/2009

We remembered the 96 killed at Hillsborough this week and Kenny Dalglish, as manager, made sure team members attended every single funeral.

But who does this Labour Government send to the funerals of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Clearly there is a problem in how the Government treats our military as disposable assets.

Recently, Canada lost another female soldier in Afghanistan. This is 117 to date, but the difference in how they treat those killed in action is striking. There is a ceremony in Afghanistan to fly the body home to Trenton Air Base, Ontario. The body is met by the Governor General of Canada, the Minister of Defence and

other senior officers, local dignitaries and families. There is a brief ceremony and then the body is taken to Toronto for an autopsy before being released for burial. The 100-mile route to Toronto is named the Highway of Heroes. There is a police escort all the way and a large turnout of citizens and emergency services as they pass through each small town.

In Toronto there is a reception by various organisations — a real hero’s welcome. What a difference in the UK. They sent the two soldiers killed in Northern Ireland home by freight. Absolutely disgusting.

Tony Morland

Salisbury, Wiltshire

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