How Many Turned Up Today (11 Nov) ?

Same here in Maidstone although strange without 36 Engineer Regt and Ghurka Engineers, stay safe and come home soon boys, lots of youngsters and civvies laying wreaths. Cadet oganisations weel represented in fact bloody good turnout by them very smart as well shame can't say same for their AI'S.
Oakworth in West Yorkshire. I'd say it was a normal turnout and the nearest town of Keighley was apparently the same.
People do care.
We had a dinner and beer courtesy of the Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire at the Drill Hall in Keighley brilliantly hosted by the TA lads. I got upgraded to the top table with a load of WW2 chaps and felt a bit sheepish as I was the only one without medals (I'm Cold war era). Not for long though as the little scamps plied me with wine and beer and proceeded to bend my ear with their war stories. A truly excellent day out and most unexpected for me at least.
Cheers guys for making me so welcome.
My first time at the Newport parade but turn out seemed pretty good. Plenty on parade and plenty gathered along the route.

Big round of applause as we marched away from the War Memorial - added a bit of a swagger to the marching!
Ours was very well attended, slightly shambolic, but heartfelt nonetheless.

A poignant moment after the ceremony when looking at the wreaths and the small wooden crosses round the memorial - one inscribed in a child's hand '3 Para, Brian Budd VC'.

But really great to see the old boys marching past the memorial with pride and respect. There will be less of them next year, and regrettably a few more of the younger ones, but the tradition will continue - rightly so.

Personally I've been surprised by my own visceral reaction to seeing the Government figures both at the Cenotaph and at the Albert Hall.
In a little hamlet just outside Fleetwood, there was a really good turn out. The PCSOs had to form a cordon around those at the memorial as there were too many for the pavement and Garden of Rememberance.

Little Miss SE planted a cross with a poppy as did over 100 primary school kids.

The local cadets were well turned out and marched really well.

An old boy from the Welsh Guards appeared in a wheelchair, assisted by his son... the crowd parted like Moses at the Red Sea to let him through to the front.

Very proud as the whole family turned out...even the dog sat quietly.

Next year, both boys want to march with cadets and Little Miss SE wants to march with St Johns.

A very moving day.
While forming up on Horse Guards it seemed to us that there were less than usual, but have been assured this was not the case. There were definitely more people lining the route than usual. Normally as you leave Whitehall the crowd thins out, but this year they were standing several deep all the way back to the Mall.
The weather gods did us proud too it was drizzling as we arrived, but as soon as we marched off the sun came out!
Good turnout here in Southern France from the old resistance boys to the school kids. The 11th is a bank holiday here in France and is always observed by all who can
redacer said:
Good turnout here in Southern France from the old resistance boys to the school kids. The 11th is a bank holiday here in France and is always observed by all who can
Did they all run away?
Not all of them HTB lol
One story about the local nurse who was apparently a stunner. She used to go out and distract the guards (German and Vichy) so the other Resistance boys and girls could complete whatever mischief they had planned for that night!
When asked how she did it, she smiled coyly and walked away!!
Despite the rain we had an excellent turn out for the parade to and from the war memorial which was about a quarter of mile long. This evening we had a Festival Of Remembrance in our local theatre, we had some serving members from the forces who had just returned from Iraq and Afghanistan turn up by special request. When they marched up and onto the stage the whole theatre stood and gave them rousing reception that went on for ages.
Was working today so ended up in Mold, a town 30miles from home. Very well attended and the cadets of all services were excellent.

on the way there all was fine till I heard "nimrod" on radio4 at 10.40....

brings me to tears...very moving.
A bit disappointing today in my small town.

I was on parade with the TA and we had a good turn out, RBL as expected had an even smaller number this year about 7 I think, in fact one of the local branches has just closed. Very few people out on the streets. My parents made the comment that when I started with the TA five years ago they would be struggling to find a place on the pavement to get a good view of the parade, completely the opposite today.

The vicar hammered home the point in the sermon that Nov 11th wasn't just for rememerbing the dead of the World Wars but of all conflicts and was even more poignant with the commitment of our forces out in Iraq and Afghanistan today.
Numbers distinctly down in Paris, although good turnout from the official side. Nice to see the Guides turning out in force. The Aussie flag bearer certainly knew how to march, put most of the colour party to shame. Good sermon this year, from the Bishop of the Forces.

Was very humbled to meet the SOE Plan Sussex veterans, and a wonderful old French lady who helped RAF crew back to France. When planes went down they hid the crew, got them to safe houses, moved them around, listened to the BBC for the signal and delivered them to Brittany for departure to the UK. She told me well it was a bit risky, because we were women and the Gestapo were always watching us, but we couldn't say no. When I said to a 90ish year old FANY that it must have been terrible during the war, she said oh not at all, it was all terribly exciting, I loved being in London, it was all happening.

Have to say, the highlight of my day was walking past Sgt Oddball, looking very cold and wearing gloves!
I was at the Colly parade today, very well attended, some mupput teenage female chav walked through the parade drinking from a can!!!!!, just as some of the vetarans approached the war memorial. We got an astounding applause from the crowd.
Didn't make it to the church but paid a visit to the local cemetery, placed a poppy cross on the grave of a young lad killed in Bosnia and Pte Tunicliffe killed in Afghanistan.

Cemetery was busy with people paying their respects.

To all still fighting, Take care, keep safe and come home soon.
wheelchairwarrier said:
Exelent turnout lots of younger generation, despite cold and wintery weather, few new faces on parade sadly a couple no more , a dust storm blew up many with tears,myself too, dont regret wearing kilt but pulled up as out of step at times and coming to attention like corp Jones .
Thanks civi pop foir showing you care,

WW, how in heavens name did you get out of step?

I watched the main Cenotaph Parade on the box and then attended the London Jocks do in the afternoon, a great service!

Watching them march back to their TAC I was highly impressed by the applause from passers by!
Good turn out here in the channel islands today. better than the last few years.

To any one still out in the sand pit, stay safe we dont want to be reading your names next year.

Prince William's duty and sorrow

By Neil Tweedie

Last Updated: 2:27am GMT 12/11/2007

Prince William may not have been allowed to fight in a war, but he understands the reality of armed conflict.

Two officers he knew have been killed in action this year. So his laying of a wreath at the Cenotaph for the first time yesterday, Remembrance Sunday, was no mere observance of royal protocol.

The second-in-line to the throne followed his grandmother, grandfather and father in paying tribute to the dead of Britain's wars, after a field gun broke the minute's silence. Wearing the uniform of the Blues and Royals, the prince stepped forward to lay his poppy wreath, before saluting the fallen.

The Royal party was followed by the leaders of the main political parties. Gordon Brown, attending for the first time as Prime Minister, led them. Tony Blair, so long at the centre of events, was half hidden in the second row alongside Sir John Major and Baroness Thatcher.

In April, the prince was said to be "deeply saddened" by the death of his fellow cadet, Lt Joanna Yorke Dyer, 24, who was killed by a roadside bomb near Basra.

Her death was followed by that of Major Alexis Roberts of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, who instructed William at Sandhurst. He died in action in Afghanistan.

Prince Harry, also a member of the Blues and Royals, now merged with the Lifeguards in the Household Cavalry Regiment, was absent from the Whitehall. He took part in a regimental ceremony in Windsor.


Some 8,000 men and women took part in the marchpast, veterans of conflicts spanning the 20th century. But no longer the First World War - the handful of survivors from 1914-18 being either too frail to stand the autumn cold or committed to events elsewhere.

Britain's military commitments ensure that there will be plenty of marchers to take the place of today's veterans as age thins their ranks. The larger part of the Army has fought in Iraq or Afghanistan, together with contingents from the Royal Navy and RAF.

More than 250 British lives have been lost since the invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. Many more have been seriously wounded.

One of them is Jamie Cooper, at 19 one of the youngest soldiers to be seriously wounded in Iraq. He checked himself out of hospital to pay tribute to lost friends and colleagues at a ceremony at the war memorial in Bristol.

Pte Cooper, a member of the Royal Green Jackets, was invited by the Royal British Legion to attend the national service at the Cenotaph but was then told that the event was restricted to veterans. "It's a disgrace that we couldn't go to Whitehall for the parade, " he said. "But I'm here to remember the people I knew who died for their country."

His father, Phil, said: "Jamie was determined to get out of hospital for this. He asked doctors a few weeks ago and they weren't keen, but a few days ago they gave in. It has been a poignant day for him."

The Coopers are fighting the Ministry of Defence following a "degrading" compensation offer of £57,000. Jamie is unlikely to work again because of nerve damage.

Across the country in the East Sussex town of Rye, Cpl Will Rigby of 4th Bn The Rifles paid tribute to one soldier in particular, his twin John.

John, also a corporal in the same battalion, died on his 24th birthday in a roadside bomb attack in Basra. Yesterday, Will watched as the town's war memorial was unveiled to reveal the addition of his brother's name. Will held his brother's hand for 10 hours in a field hospital as his life slipped away on the day they should both have been celebrating. They had joined up together at the age of 16.

Remembrance Sunday was marked across the world at ceremonies in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as in the Falklands, where some 200 veterans gathered to remember the 255 British servicemen who died retaking the islands from Argentina in 1982.

Gordon Hoggan, who served with the Scots Guards, camped out on Mount Tumbledown, scene of heavy casualties for the regiment. He and his friends, he said, had wanted to "face the demons".

In Staffordshire, 3,000 people attended the first Remembrance Sunday service at the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. As planned by the architects, at the 11th hour a sunray shot through a slit in the wall of the memorial, striking the central stone.

In France, Henry Allingham, 111 years old and one of last survivors of the First World War, laid a wreath at St Omer, where he served in the Royal Flying Corps.

He was not alone in making a pilgrimage to foreign fields. Despite November storms and bitterly cold winds more than 10,000 people converged on the 150 war cemeteries dotting Flanders fields.

Many travelled to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele and the 300,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in the now gentle countryside surrounding Ypres.

Leading many ceremonies were the flutes and drums of the 1st Bn, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, whose soldiers deployed to Iraq in 2006 and expect to return to combat operations next year.

"This is massive for us. All the blokes are very proud," said L/Cpl Dan Hart, of the Corps of Drums. "The scale of the Great War was completely different but every one of us knows someone who has died in Iraq or Afghanistan. So it is a chance to remember them, too."

Last night, several thousand stood in silence at the Menin Gate, which bears the names of 54,896 British and Empire troops who died with no known grave, to hear Last Post, the bugle call that has come to symbolise the sacrifice made by millions in the war.
Remembrance Day on the front line

BBC Kabul correspondent Alastair Leithead joined British troops in Kajaki in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, as they held their Remembrance Day service.


They stood in line high up in the mountains, wearing their body armour and green berets as the sound of the last post drifted down the valley.

Since last November, 42 British troops have died in Afghanistan

The Taleban on the front line just a few kilometres away may even have heard the bugler from the Remembrance Day service at the furthest outpost of British forces in southern Afghanistan.

From the vantage point high up on the Kajaki Dam, the 100 or so men of 40 Commando Royal Marines could certainly see the positions where less then 24 hours earlier they had been locked in a fierce battle with the insurgents.

But now looking out over the mountains and the Helmand River, they were silent as they contemplated the deaths of 19 Royal Marines since last Remembrance Day, the 42 British troops who have died in Afghanistan in that time, and the thousands killed in the wars of the past.

The 42nd soldier to be killed died further down this valley on Friday - here they are fighting a war very much in the present.

'Bullets fizzing'

The previous day we joined Seven Troop out on a patrol to secure and clear mines from high ground above the Taleban front lines.

Not surprisingly the insurgents wanted to do everything they could to stop the British forces from gaining a strong position, and so as soon as the first men arrived on the ridge they opened fire on the Marines.

First came the crack-thump of incoming bullets fizzing overhead and then as their aim became more accurate, they struck right in front of the gunners who had jumped into narrow trenches and were trying to spot the Taleban firing positions.

They laughed nervously as dust and bullet casings danced up as they were hit, and a high-pitched whizzing sound told us the bullets were passing just a metre or so above our heads.

Someone spotted the flash of a gun barrel, the gunners opened fire and mortars from the base four kilometres away started to rain down onto the compounds, exploding into plumes of dust and smoke.

Another day out in the no-man's land of Kajaki.

Last time they had pushed out this far from their base a few days earlier four men had been injured.

Having cleared the high ground and achieved their aim for the day, the orders came to pull back from the fighting, but as the troops moved off the hill the firing came in from a different direction - suddenly there was no cover.

A handful of smoke grenades were thrown and that screened the withdrawal, but we all had to run for cover as the bullets landed close by and continued to fizz overhead.

All men accounted for, the 40 Commando Royal Marines headed back to base - another day of cat and mouse with the Taleban, but this time without any casualties.

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