From the BBC:
Two planes landed in England yesterday, One brought back a group of overpaid, underachieving footballers. The other brought back seven coffins, each with the Union Jack draped over them. Footballers play for our country, soldiers FIGHT for our country. Footballers give ninety minutes, soldiers... ...give their lives. I know who I respect more. (H/T Al)
Bodies of servicemen killed in Afghanistan return to UK
The bodies of seven British servicemen killed in Afghanistan have been returned to the UK.
L/Cpl David Ramsden, Colour Sgt Martyn Horton, Pte Alex Isaac and Pte Douglas Halliday died when their vehicle fell into a canal in the Helmand province.
And Sgt Steven Darbyshire, L/Cpl Michael Taylor and Marine Paul Warren, all of 40 Commando Royal Marines, were killed by enemy action last week.
The bodies were repatriated at RAF in Lyneham in Wiltshire.
A private ceremony was held at the base before the cortege passed through the nearby town of Wootton Bassett.
Thousands of mourners - soldiers, shopkeepers and well-wishers - lined the high street to pay their respects to the fallen men.
Family members placed flowers on top of the hearses as they paused for a minute's silence next to the town's war memorial, which was covered with more floral tributes.
With the death of a bomb disposal expert announced on Monday, a total of 20 servicemen have now died in June.
L/Cpl Ramsden, 26, from Leeds, Col Sgt Horton, 34, from Runcorn, Cheshire, Pte Isaac, 20, from the Wirral, Pte Halliday, 20, from Wallasey, Merseyside, and Sgt Darbyshire, 35, from Wigan, were all killed on 23 June.
L/Cpl Taylor, 30, from Rhyl, died on 22 June, and Marine Warren, who lived in Leyland, Lancashire, was fatally injured on 21 June.
Lieutenant Colonel Paul James, commanding officer of Somerset-based 40 Commando, said: "It has been an immensely hard week for 40 Commando, and though we mark the loss of three irreplaceable men, we will not break stride.
"We owe it to the sacrifice these brave marines have made to remain entirely focused on our mission; to protect the people of Sangin in partnership with the Afghan army - and we shall....
Read more, here.
Then, I found a poem written by Pte Kevin Pollard to honour Private Craig Barber, who died in Iraq in 2007. You can read more about Pte Barber here. Pte Pollard's poem speaks to all of our fallen:
TRIBUTE TO CRAIG BARBERWhenever the sun rises remember I am with you all / The wind will be a sign from there that I'm there with youThe moon is a guide from me that shows you I am in all your thoughts / The rain is my tears falling onto you to let you know how much I loved youI've left you in body but not in soul / I will always be next to youI was taken away from you but I am still there / You are all I lived for but I will never forget youThe star in my heart is always bright when you are in my thoughts / Always remember me and never forget I'm always with you
The poem read by Kevin Pollard