In the midst of this tragic event in London, a little levity and demonstration of British stoicism might be in order. Bill Faith of Small Town Veteran sends this little bit of history and humor from another Viet Nam Veteran (he thought it appropriate to send to me).
... we should remember the origins, history and tradition of the uniforms we all wore with pride, including those of other countries involved in our freedoms.
For example, a long time ago, Britain and France were at war. During one battle, the French captured an English colonel. Taking him to their headquarters, the French general began to question him. Finally, as an afterthought, the French general asked, "Why do you English officers all wear red coats? Don't you know the red material makes you easier targets for us to shoot at?"
In his bland English way, the colonel informed the general that the reason English officers wear red coats are so that if they are shot, the blood won't show and the men they are leading won't panic.
And that is why, from that day to this, all French Army officers wear brown pants.