Helmand veterans on the meaning of remembrance today

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Helmand veterans on the meaning of remembrance today
11th November 2014

Both Lou and Dikon were captains, in the Household Cavalry and Royal Artillery.

Lou explains how Remembrance ties her experiences of service together, from those lost to what was achieved on tour. 

Dikon commends the bravery he witnessed from those troops he served with.

Both share their insight of the hardness of life in the forces, from digging in every night in the desert to a hot shower once in a rare while being a “luxury”.

They also compare their experiences with the soldiers who came before them, noting that despite the advancements in technology, there were ‘striking similarities’ with the work they did.

The two also discuss the significance of the Centenary celebrations, which have helped make this year the most successful celebrations ever, but note with sadness how some people simply refuse to get involved. 

They talk about life after the army, the best and the worst of it, including the kindess shown toward them by local civilians. 

Dikon also touches on the “blinkered” perspective many in the army have toward civilian life, and the best 

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