Not here the guns and bayonets, the barbed and twisted wire; the trenches and the foxholes, the bombs and bloody mire. This is another battle with harbingers of death and regiments are fighting with every living breath. For everyone’s a hero who has served and played their part, the front line and the rearguard, with mind and soul and heart. Yet, though they’ve been applauded and we have stood in awe, crisis followed crisis ... how could they take much more? But, from new depths of duty, compassion found a way and hope shone through the rainbow as night gave way to day. Our Majesty now takes the lead and with her we confess our deepest debt of gratitude to our great NHS.
(c) 2021 Graham Oakes