Preaching at the Remembrance Day Service at St Mary’s Priory Church, The Vicar, Fr Mark Soady said:
“Next year will see the start of commemorations of the the FIrst World War – a war which saw more deaths than any other, and since then there has only been one year when a British soldier has not
been killed in action.
BUT that is not the full story, with the advances of medicine more and more soldiers are surviving the wounds of war. These soldiers, male and female, have to go on to live their whole lives with these scars both mental and physical. We as a country and as church have a duty to these people, a duty to support them for their rest of their lives. That is some responsibility! Locally the Welsh Warrior Richard Hunt Foundation ( of which I am Chairman) is doing just that , as are national charities. Last Summer I had the privilege to visit the Help for Heroes Funded Tedworth House , which cares for recently injured soldiers.Based in the garrison town of Tidworth in Wiltshire, Tedworth House supports key parts of the recovery process by providing 360 degree holistic care to our wounded. Both residential and day visits are available at the centre. Such a welcoming, caring, peaceful environment is essential to recovery.”
He continued by referring 2 Thessalonians 2. 15, “The instruction in today’s Epistle to ‘stand from, and hold tight to the traditions which you were taught’ is an instruction to which all our serving soldiers, sailors and airmen could hold true. Civilians will be more used to such instructions on the tube or on an airport bus – an instruction to plant both feet as solidly as one can. What St Paul is saying is in times of trouble one needs to have something strong to hold on to see you through it. Many of our serviceman and women have seen things that not human being should have had to have seen. We need to stand with them alongside their families and units and support them on the long road to recovery. That is the nest way we can show our appreciation of their service, so we may might have peace.
Fr Mark served in the Royal Army Chaplains Department from February 1998 to Remembrance Day last year.