Appropriate or not, I feel that I want to announce that my mum died on Friday. I know that many members here have gone through this but I just want to draw attention to some of her strengths that in the past I haven't really appreciated... She was the proudest mum in the world when I passed out at Raleigh in 78... She suffered with EVERY detail the BBC broadcasted about Op Corporate in 82... She was was even prouder when I returned from OC... She worried about me when I left the mob... She supported me through various marriages (attributable to the RN)... Along with my wife, she is the most treasured person I ever known. My step dad (ex pongo but forgiven by me) is coping well My brother (again ex pongo forgiven by me) is coping well, as am I. Personally, I recognise her as someone who has 'contributed' a significant part of her life to the Armed Forces of this country along with other mums of service men & women and as such deserves this salute.