A military dog who lost a leg when sniffing out a roadside bomb has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross after serving in more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lucca, a 12-year-old German shepherd, served in the US Marine Corps for six years, protecting the lives of troops by sniffing out munitions.
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, May 1915 In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
Don McCullin is one of the greatest war photographers. This is just one of many, many of his images. They are stunning. http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2010/may/22/don-mccullin-southern-frontiers-interview http://www.nytimes.com/1997/10/30/style/30iht-don.t.html?pagewanted=all
"November pierces with its bleak remembrance Of all the bitterness and waste of war. Our silence tries but fails to make a semblance Of that lost peace they thought worth fighting for...." - opening lines of "Silence" by Malcolm Guite
The much loved Tony Hart (1925 – 2009) was an English artist and children's television presenter. He was an officer in a Gurkha regiment but became famous for being a children's presenter and artist on television shows such as Vision On, Playbox, Take Hart and Hartbeat, often accompanied by Morph. He also created the Blue Peter ship logo.