Two great quotes from a great woman and leader.
The Parachute Regiment 17th Anniversary of the Falklands War. Wizened with age and looking frail, she took to the stage, paused and looked us all in the eye. She seem to grow a hundred feet tall as she uttered these immortal words:
1. "When God created the world, he did not make GREAT Britain an island of the coast of Europe for nothing!"
2. "The Parachute Regiment, should be locked up and only be let out in time of war!"
To us that was the highest compliment anyone could pay us. We lived for the fight, it was part of our ethos. We trained hard so war we easy; we sweated more, so we would bleed less on the battlefield. We sent the highest standards, none could follow. We have the most battle honours and awards for outstanding bravery than any other Regiment in the British Army, since we were formed at the bequest of Sir Winston Churchill.
We were born in battle.
Here's to you Great Lady "Maggie," Tonight I will raise a glass and a toast to your passing. You did a great job and we are proud of you."
Lance Corporal James Steel 3 Para (in photo)
Corporal Carl Spence 9 Parachute Squadron RE (in photo)
Corporal Peter Williams 2 Para (at rear of gun carriage)