1) Writing as one with two medals that purely denote that I have been around for a bit (TD with clasp & the Golden Jubilee), which chest furniture really impresses you? The most obvious number one is the VC. I have only met one VC to chat with, the late Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, when he visited my RHQ. I later attended the Queen Mums 90th birthday parade at Horseguards. Immediately behind my contingent was the VC & GC Association. Unfortunately(ish), I was recently engaged (therefore "loved up") and shot off to meet my fiancée rather than having a chat with some really impressive gentlemen. 2) I take it I am not alone in thinking the usage of the word hero in the same sentence as "footballer/pop star/actor" by the media is a gross insult. I recently encouraged my children to watch Reach for the Sky, the film portrayal of Douglas Baders wartime exploits. I hoped it might give a better example of the real meaning of the word hero than anything they are likely to see in their lifetimes. It also gave me a chance to rummage under the stairs to find a menu autographed by one of my childhood heroes. Whilst I am sure Afghanistan and GW2 have & will throw up some heroic deeds, I doubt the individuals concerned will get the attention they deserve by the public at large. A combination of modesty/security on one hand and the "liberal establishments" dislike of the Armed Forces on the other.