Soldier Buys Eight Pints For Fallen Comrades In Remembrance Day Tribute
Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. It was a day of solemnity, gratitude and reflection for millions across the globe.
In the UK, countless touching Remembrance Day tributes were made as the nation fell silent for two minutes' silence. But one tribute in particular seems to have brought home the suffering and sacrifice of military servicemen and women.
A picture, which has been widely shared online, shows eight pints of lager laid out on a table with a photo of a soldier underneath each pint and a poppy attached to each glass.
A soldier is said to have bought the pints in a pub on Armistice Day in remembrance of eight of their comrades who died in combat in Afghanistan.
It is not known where and when the picture was originally taken, but it has since been shared thousands of times on social media.
A soldier walks into a bar and buys 8 pints for his dead comrades in Afghanistan, drinks his pint and leaves the bar leaving photos of each mate at there glass, how incredibly moving is that, god bless them all. Taken from Facebook. pic.twitter.com/sq0LTt3fxg
- steve (@StCrad) November 14, 2018
Evidently, the poignant act served as a striking reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by millions of military service people, as well as the daily suffering endured by those who have lost family and friends in conflict.
One person said: "Probably the most powerful image I've seen all week. Something we can all relate to as well in some way. We can't all imagine life in the forces and the true horror of war. BUT losing 8 very special people to anything, sometimes needlessly, is heart breaking. Lovely gesture"
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Another said: "Moving, very moving indeed & we have so much admiration for this soldier & his comrades. I cannot help but hear the song 'empty chairs & empty tables' from Les Miserables..."
Another said: "That got me! Proper respect and friendship that is. Class act that man."
Some of the replies to the picture were very touching in themselves, as people took the opportunity to pay their own tributes.
One person said: "What I'd give just to have a beer with my mate buried 22yrs ago whilst serving in Cyprus miss him everyday. RIP Burty boy x."
The First World War was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, with around 17 million people losing their lives. Of these, more than 700,000 were British soldiers.
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@StCrad
Topics: UK News