As we focus on the countdown until the end of 2015, it’s often a time of year that as well as looking forward, we reflect back and remember our EOD teams.
In the UK a lot of the nation will be linking arms as Big Ben chimes twelve times in our capital, followed perhaps by kisses, good wishes and even a glass of champagne (or two!).
Most of the nation will attempt to voice Auld Lang Syne; an old Scottish song that was reputedly first published by poet Robert Burns. We joke in our household that none of us actually know the words to it and it only seems to come to you once you’ve had a drink… it’s that old adage of what you don’t know, you make up.
However, if your break it down this traditional song does have a poignant meaning.
It asks whether old friends and times will be forgotten and promises to remember people of the past with fondness (For auld lang syne, we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet.)
This I am sure has personal meaning to everyone about their own loved ones and friends. But this year I bet there will be many tributes to those lost in their own families and perhaps those from the ‘celebrity’ world too we will be reminded of in the media.
However, I would like to bring to the forefront those who we have lost who have served their countries so bravely this year, with so many working in EOD teams internationally. As nations united in countering terrorist activity, we have lost too many.
It is these people who have trained hard and serve us so dutifully. They are the brave men, women, dogs and horses who show exceptional courage. They leave a massive gap. Many of us at Kirintec will be continuing to remember. Furthermore, raising a glass, as one year closes and another is about to embark.
Please keep save during 2016.