As today is Remembrance Day, I want to share my biggest inspiration and the person that is always in my mind when I am feeling defeated.
Lieutenant Daniel John Clack from 1st Batallion The Rifles was killed in Afghanistan on August 11th 2011 by an IED.
Dan was one of my closest friends and my housemate while I was at Exeter Uni, and his death has left a massive hole in my life. I can’t even find the words to describe quite how devastated I have been. My heart breaks when I think about his family and Amy, who have all shown so much strength over the last 15 months, and continue to on a daily basis.
How is it fair that someone so young and with so much to offer the world can be taken away so young?
So when I am feeling like I want to give up, I don’t want to try anymore and I am needing a reason to keep going, I turn to Dan. I think about him, I remember all the amazing times we had, how much he meant to me, and I think what he would say if he was here. And I pull myself together. I pick myself up and I know that my strength has come from him.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
This is for Dan… an absolute lad, a true gentleman and my hero.