Armed Forces Day and children

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    It was good to see people celebrating the Armed Forces yesterday as they play such a vital role in keeping us safe and support to other services with floods, health. It was however very sad to see on the pictures of very young children dressed in army uniforms — one was in ceremonial dress uniform in front of the band the other was in combat fatigues – both aged probably 3 – 5.

    Should society be indoctrinating our very young children into the military which we need to recognise has a fundamental role as a fighting force -sadly cannon fodder for the future.

    • This topic was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by JaneJ.

    Councillor X

    Oh come on Jane. My kids played with action men and dressed as cowboys and soldiers but none of them joined the army or went off to fight red indians.

    If you want to target anyone then look at the kids and adults who spend all their free time inside playing violent video games. 2019 survey – The overwhelming majority of children (93 percent) in the UK play video games. The adults need to grow up!

    When we were kids you would be gone all day making dens, playing footie and scrumping apples or fishing. We played war with sticks as guns and ate mud. We were boys or girls and never gender fluid. If a boy dressed as a girl it was dress up and nothing thought of it.

    Let kids be kids. They are a long time grown up.

    A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.



    Spot on Councillor x.
    When I first read JaneJ’s post the first thought that came to mind was utter garbage and crass stupidity and unworthy of direct comment.
    However, after reading your post, I felt obligated to support your excellent retort.



    Well said Councillor x. It didn’t do me any harm, I played cowboys and Indians and war games, probably ate worms as well, I’m 75 now and still going strong.


    Councillor X

    Jane Jordan from Esclusham was putting the picture of the little boy in the ceremonial bearskin on the Nextdoor Ap spouting the same stuff.
    I won’t make assumptions Jane but if your family fought in a world war then you would appreciate the armed services and what they gave for us to be where we are today.

    Let kids play and have fun. My lot dress up as spiderman and captain america and nobody says they are inciting violence and if they wanted to dress as action man who cares?
    Remember Marie Antoinette, Queen of France during the French Revolution when she said let them eat worms! RESPECT to parkingmad

    A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.



    A little twisted logic here. It’s okay to celebrate AFD, but not for children to dress as soldiers! So it’s okay for others to fight our wars?
    My thought, as I walked through town was how important it is for children to see just how big a tank is, especially as they have featured on our news broadcasts recently!



    LOL, how sad to read someone claiming that children are being indoctrinated is invariably the sort of person who would deride too the Servicemen and women who defend her right to spout such garbage whilst herself unable to summon the courage to even walk through a Recruitment Office doorway.🤦🏻‍♂️

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