British soldiers took to Twitter and Facebook this morning to protest the Ministry of Defence’s order for all servicemen and women to conceal their uniforms when traveling off-base. As part of emergency protocol in the wake of the brutal murder of British soldier Lee Rigby, the Ministry of Defence released a statement asking soldiers to keep “a low profile” until all suspects for the terrorist act had been apprehended.
Despite the Ministry’s focus on keeping their personnel safe, soldiers were outraged by what they saw as cowardly behavior and a disrespect to their fallen brother. In protest against this order, current and former servicemen and women have been changing their profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter to full uniform dress, accompanied with the hashtag #WearWithPride.
Former soldier Glenn Rees was one of the many to change his profile picture and posted on his Facebook, “‘The Government’s decision to ban military personnel wearing uniform in public whilst investigations are being carried out is ridiculous! Backing down already! Been out of the Forces for 3 years to the day … Least I could do for this innocent soldier and his family. Brothers Unite!!’”
These profile pictures and Twitter posts have been seen as not only a way to honor to life of the fallen soldier but as a way to unite both enlisted and retired servicemen and women against terrorism. The cries of these men and women have been heard through the viral world and become so loud that the Ministry of Defence spokesman Jim Nisbet released a statement today stating, ““The best way we can defeat terrorism is to carry on as normal and that includes our personnel wearing their uniform.”
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