During the Second World War a young Scots Commando, stationed in the South of England, was among a group of men who were handed orders for a special operation.
There was to be a daring raid on occupied France …so daring that the young Scot realised that his chances of returning from it were slim.
As it turned out, his fears were not unfounded, for though the mission itself was successful. Not one of the party survived the raid.
Late, the operational order paper he had been given was found among his belongings. And across the top of it he had written, in a firm hand, these words: -
"I go forward not knowing the things which shall befall me, but I know in whom I believe."
The unit commander was so impressed that on every operation his men carried out after that, he saw to it that these words were printed across their orders. They became a comfort and guiding light to the brave men who paved the way to victory.
May it never be said that we have forgotten such courage.