"One of the sad realities today is that very few people, especially young people, read books. Unless we can find imaginative ways of addressing this reality, future generations are in danger of losing their history."
Ingwe ima okwesibane
Kumnyama kumhlophe entla
Ingwe ima kuqhame nokuba
Isibane zange sacinywa mntu
Isithunywa sidalelwe imini ezifana nezi
Kulo lonke ihlabathi
We experienced this During the death of Dr Martin Luther King
Mrs King as the First Lady of Civil Rights Movement
Mothered her Nation
Although she was mourning
She soothed them
Because God was her strength
She strengthened her Nation
It gave them hope
Her resilience reminded them that
"Weeping may endure a night
But joy comes in the morning"
Umqhagikazi ufukama amantshontsho akhe
Ethetha ilwimi ngeelwimi
During a dark time in England
It is reported that;
"As Queen Consort, she (Queen Mom)cheered up Cockneys by visiting the East End of London during the Blitz and staying at Buckingham Palace even after it was bombed. She famously said, when urged to take the princesses out of London for their safety, "The children won't leave without me. I won't leave without the King - and the King will never leave."
No nation can stand without
A dedicated mother
Without a loving mother
Without the warmth of a
Such was the deep love of
And we see this in you Makhulu
Our beloved Queen of all races
Speaking different languages
In different countries
The Queen inherited love
Her leadership is true love
Born of Ubuntu
Through deeds and actions
The Queen doesn't have to say a
Her being reaches the heart
Of every living being
It speaks to the spirit
She rules and guides
From the HEART OF GOD!
Through thick and thin
Her love reigns supreme
Because she's guided
By the Father of Great lights
"I may be able to speak the languages of human beings and even of angels,
But if I have no love,
My speech is no more than a noisy gong or clanging bell.
I may have the gift of inspired preaching
I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets
I may have all faith needed to move
But if I have no love,
I am nothing
I may give away everything I have
And even give up my body to be burnt
But if I have no love
This does me no good...
When I was a child, my speech, feelings and thinking were all those of a child;
Now that I have grown up
I have no more use for childish ways.
What we see now is like a dim image
In a mirror
Then we shall see face to face.
What I know now is only partial
Then it will be complete
As complete as God's knowledge of me
Meanwhile these three remain
Faith, hope and love
And the greatest of these is love.
It is written;
Prince Harry read from AP Herbert’s poem The Bathe, drawn from the poet’s own experience at Gallipoli:
“Come friend and swim. We may be better then, / But here the dust blows ever in the eyes / And wrangling round are the weary fevered men, / Forever made with flies … Tomorrow we must stagger up the hill / To man a trench and live among the lice.”
Dear Khulu and Makhulu
I hope you well and happy this morning.
Hoping you feel eased by the freshness of the morning's vapor. Every atom,
Blessing you with an outpouring of splendor and wholesomeness.
I just can't imagine what we could have done without you especially during times such as these.
You are parents to ALL NATIONS
Your being revive souls
How grand and great is the Master's plans
Who created you for times such as these?
How awesome his deeds
How glorious his might
Who can change what was ordained
Only chosen souls can liberate millions and thousands upon thousands
Time after time
As you do
Giving dignity to
And how blessed we are
To experience the same spirit
Of selflessness in your children
And grand children
“Pay close attention now:
I’m creating new heavens and a new earth.
All the earlier troubles, chaos, and pain are things of the past, to be forgotten.
Look ahead with joy.
Anticipate what I’m creating:
I’ll create Jerusalem as sheer joy,
create my people as pure delight.
I’ll take joy in Jerusalem,
take delight in my people:
No more sounds of weeping in the city,
no cries of anguish;
No more babies dying in the cradle,
or old people who don’t enjoy a full lifetime;
One-hundredth birthdays will be considered normal—
anything less will seem like a cheat.
They’ll build houses
and move in.
They’ll plant fields
and eat what they grow.
No more building a house
that some outsider takes over,
No more planting fields
that some enemy confiscates,
For my people will be as long-lived as trees,
my chosen ones will have satisfaction in their work.
They won’t work and have nothing come of it,
they won’t have children snatched out from under them.
For they themselves are plantings blessed by God,
with their children and grandchildren likewise God-blessed.
Before they call out, I’ll answer.
Before they’ve finished speaking, I’ll have heard.
Wolf and lamb will graze the same meadow,
lion and ox eat straw from the same trough,but snakes—they’ll get a diet of dirt!
Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill anywhere on my Holy Mountain,” says God. Isaiah
Noone who isn't anointed by God
Can do what you do Khulu and Makhulu
Some leaders speak
Who are they in the grand scheme of things?
We've seen their crocodile tears
Ensnared by their evil
"God can't stomach liars;
He loves the company of those who keep their word."
The chosen of the Most High
Remain Rock Solid
Their love feeds nations
Their wisdom uplifts
Their wisdom spread peace
It create bridges
Of loving kindness and togetherness
Because they know what it takes
To fight for justice
In the field
They got dirty
When they felt weak
They were strengthened
God was on their side
Because He created them for
He spoke long ago
"I'm setting you up as a light for Nations
So that my salvation becomes global"
We honor you Prince Phillip!
We Salute you for your outstanding service.
"If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked."
What a gift
"It could be argued that The Royal Navy was the main driving force behind the British Empire becoming a dominant world presence since its expansion in the 16th century. The Navy is the oldest of the British Armed Services and was the largest and most powerful from the 18th century until the middle of the 20th century. With its fabled history, it is no surprise that the Royal Navy is a premier choice for service of The Royal Family. According to the Official Website of the British Monarchy, it states: “Throughout history, Kings and Queens have had strong links with the Armed Forces. Armies have defended and attacked territories on behalf of their rulers and have looked to them for guidance and inspiration in times of war and peace since ancient times.” Many members of The Royal Family have fought on the ￼battlefield and on the frontline throughout history, and continue to do so today. Their military service not only solidifies their service to their nation, but helps them to understand the intricacies of military strategy, as they are often appointed to key leadership positions. In this article, we take a closer look at the military career of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Philip comes from a naval family as his grandfather, Prince Louis of Battenberg, was an Admiral of the Fleet and First Sea Lord in 1914. In 1939, at the age of 17, Prince Philip left his home and joined the Royal Navy as a Cadet at RNC Dartmouth. His exemplary naval career started off well by being awarded the King’s Dirk and a prize for being the best Cadet of his year.
During the Second World War, he was assigned to HMS Valiant in 1940 and his first duty was to operate the search light in order to find enemy ships in the darkness. The Duke documented his experiences in a forward to the novel Dark Seas: The Battle of Cape Matapan. Philip wrote: “I seem to remember that I reported I had a target in sight. I was ordered to ‘open shutter’. The beam lit up a stationary cruiser, but we were so close by then that the beam only lit up half the ship. At this point all hell broke loose, as all our eight 15-inch guns, plus those of the flagship and Barham’s started firing at the stationary cruiser, which disappeared in an explosion and a cloud of smoke. I was then ordered to ‘train left’ and lit up another Italian cruiser, which was given the same treatment.”
Philip was promoted to Lieutenant on 16 July 1942, followed by First Lieutenant (second in command) of HMS Wallace. He was only 21 at the time of this promotion, which is early to achieve this rank, and was one of the many accomplishments of Philip’s career.
In July 1943, the HMS Wallace was in Sicily, assisting in the Allied Landings, when it came under attack by an enemy aircraft during the night. The attacks came quickly, one after another, and the crew knew that the next bombardment would result in a hit.
Harry Hargreaves was a yeoman aboard the HMS Wallace and recalls the night clearly, commenting: “It was obvious that we were the target for tonight and they would not stop until we had suffered a fatal hit”. Hargreaves knew that the attacks happened about 25 minutes apart and they wouldn’t be able to move quickly enough in the water to escape the next one. It was immediately after the last attack that Yeoman Hargreaves witnessed Prince Philip make an extraordinary decision that would inevitably save the lives of the crew. He stated: “The first lieutenant [Philip] went into hurried conversation with the captain, and the next thing a wooden raft was being put together on deck. Within five minutes they launched a raft over the side – at each end was fastened a smoke float. When it hit the water the smoke floats were activated and billowing clouds of smoke interspersed with small bursts of flame gave a convincing imitation of flaming debris in the water.” The Luftwaffe returned, as expected, but thanks to the flaming raft, the HMS Wallace was hidden under the cover of darkness and the Luftwaffe proceeded to bomb the raft-thinking it was a ship. “Prince Philip saved our lives that night”, Hargreaves recalled.
After his ingenuity on the HMS Wallace, Prince Philip was appointed the First Lieutenant of the HMS Whelp, which joined the 27th Destroyer Flotilla in the Indian Ocean. The HMS Whelp was present in Tokyo Bay during the Japanese Surrender and then ￼transitioned to a recovery mission, transporting prisoners of war. Prince Philip served aboard the ship until January 1946 when it returned from the East.
Following his wartime service, Prince Philip was posted as an instructor at HMW Royal Arthur, the Petty Officers’ School. He then attended the Naval Staff College at Greenwich and was appointed First Lieutenant of HMS Chequers in 1949, which was the Leader of the First Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean Fleet. In 1950, he was then promoted to Lieutenant Commander, followed by taking command of the frigate HMS Magpie.
Prince Philip ended his active Naval Career in 1951 at the rank of Commander. Upon the death of his father-in-law, King George VI, Philip promised to assist his wife as she ascended the throne. Although his service has ended, the Duke of Edinburgh remains devoted to the military and has received countless, well-deserved honours."
Queen Leads Cenotaph Tribute To Gallipoli Dead
"The Queen has led a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall to mark 100 years since the First World War's Gallipoli campaign.
She was joined by other members of the royal family, political leaders and senior military figures to remember those who fought and died in one of the bloodiest events of the conflict.
As Big Ben tolled the last stroke of 11am buglers from the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines sounded The Last Post, signalling the start of two minutes' silence.
The Queen laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall
Others to lay floral tributes included the Prime Minister David Cameron, George Brandis, Australia's Attorney General, and David Carter MP, Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives.
Following the ceremony, the Queen and Prince Philip joined the congregation at Westminster Abbey for a service of commemoration.
Earlier, Prince Charles took part in a dawn service in Turkey to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign - one of the bloodiest events of World War One.
The prime minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, and New Zealand premier John Key also addressed the crowd of 10,000 - made up mainly of their fellow countrymen.
The service coincided with the moment the first amphibious assault was launched exactly a century ago.
Around 58,000 Allied troops were killed in the eight-month slaughter, including 29,500 from Britain and Ireland, over 12,000 from France, 11,000 from Australia and New Zealand and 1,500 from India.
An estimated 87,000 Turks also died defending their home soil.
Prince Charles read a moving letter written by a soldier to his wife on the eve of Gallipoli and paid tribute to "all those who served and suffered in this faraway place on the other side of the world from the Antipodes".
Australians and New Zealanders, many wearing brightly-coloured Anzac clothing and woolly hats, huddled together overnight to wait for the ceremony to start.
Anzac Day is an important annual event in the two countries but does not have a high profile in the UK, despite tens of thousands of British deaths.
Australian PM Tony Abbott said the sacrifice and bravery of the fallen Anzac troops (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) was an inspiration.
"They did their duty, now let us do ours; they gave us an example, now let us be worthy of it.
"They were as good as they could be in their time, no let us be as good as we can be in ours."
The amphibious assault started at dawn on 25 April 1915 as wave after wave of British, Irish, French, Australian, New Zealand and Indian troops attacked heavily-defended beaches on the strategically-important peninsula.
The landings were designed to open up a new front in the war and draw German and Axis resources away from the Western Front. It would also release the Russian Fleet from the Black Sea.
The strategy was the brainchild of Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty.
In order to reach and attack Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire, Allied forces had to pass through the Dardenelles Straits, past the Gallipoli Peninsula.
However, the straits were heavily guarded by Ottoman forces.
Hopeless planning, hostile conditions and heroic defending by the Turks saw the operation called off in early January 1916.
A number of other events will be held throughout the day on the Gallipoli Peninsula at key battlefields, memorials and cemeteries.
Princes Charles and Prince Harry are in Turkey representing the Queen.
Last night they hosted a service at the Helles Memorial which remembers the Commonwealth soldiers whose bodies were never found and have no grave."
Those who survived the initial onslaught found themselves “under the ground, sweating in the trench, dodging death and danger without rest or food or drink, in the blazing sun or the frost of a Gallipoli night, till death seemed relaxation and a wound a luxury,” according to Masefield, read by Prince Charles.
May God continue to bless, strengthen and cover The Queen and
Prince Phillip with His wings of love,
Parents to Nations.
May He bless and protect their family as well as the family of God to which we all belong.
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Happy Father's day