''The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war,no matter how justified,shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation'' --George Washington--
Friday, 27 February 2015
A paratrooper who showed "complete disregard" for his own safety during a Taliban attack in Afghanistan has been awarded the Victoria Cross - the highest British military honour.
L/Cpl Joshua Leakey, 27, of the Parachute Regiment, was recognised for his valour during the 2013 attack.
He is the third serviceman - and the first living servicemen - to receive the medal for service in Afghanistan.
L/Cpl Leakey, from Hampshire, said he was "deeply honoured".
He has been recognised with the VC almost 70 years after another member of his family was awarded the same honour.
L/Cpl Leakey's second cousin twice removed, Sergeant Nigel Gray Leakey, was a posthumous recipient of the VC in November 1945, for his actions while fighting in Africa during the Second World War.
(RG) Congratulations L/Cpl Joshua Leakey , you are the epitome of a British soldier.