The 21st October.
A day which will, or certainly should, remain one of the proudest in the history of our nation.
What, you may well ask, is the silly old bugger banging-on about now ?
I refer of course to the history-changing & epic Naval engagement, at Cape Trafalgar, off the coast of Spain, on this day in 1805.
However, it was not just a “British” matter. Apart from the English, Irish, Scots & Welsh in the ship’s company (in total 820 strong) it was a resounding success for the citizens of 18 other nationalities too. These included 2 Indians, 2 Swiss, 2 Norwegians, 5 West Indians, 2 Italians, 2 Maltese, 2 Dutchmen, 1 Brazilian, 1 Dane, 3 Swedes & 19 Americans.
In short, it was a victory for all men who seek to live their lives free from totalitarianism.
Which is precisely what would have become of us, had either Napoleon Bonaparte or Adolf Hitler been permitted to realise their ambitions. We owe everlasting gratitude to the men and in subsequent conflicts, women, who paid for that freedom with their lives.
One cannot help but think that Lord Nelson & all the others since must be spinning in their graves at seeing the way in which our craven politicians are selling what they fought and died for, down the river .. for their own venal ends.
I would ask you all to raise a glass with me, this Trafalgar Day and join me in the toast …
“To the Immortal Memory”