Rememberance Parade - applauded

In the past few years I've seen veterans get clapped as they marched past but this year it was extended to all TA units.

Is Joe public trying to make a statement (support for armed forces etc), I felt I hadn't earned it(but many guys present had), as I'm an enabler. Anyone else get the same treatment ?
I have been back in England for only the last three Remembrance Day Parades after many years absence, so my comparison is for the last three events. All of which have been moving, but even allowing for the sheer pleasure of viewing in 2004 my first one for years, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind the public was solidly 'on side' this year.
I think the sight of young war widows, and their children struck solidly home. It certainly did with me
And the parade of veterans seemed to have greater significance this year.
We had a few MP's watching the parade, I've never noticed them before (blimey I've done a nice comment about liarbour)
My main observation about the audience was the conspicuous lack of anyone aged 8-48.

We were clapped by the public for the first time last year as we marched past town mayor and dignatories on the way from the church to cenotaph.

Not sure today as I couldn't attend but sure it will have been the same.


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I'm 20, I got my friends to come along too.

One of the few times when we're all serious for just a little while. Was nice to feel part of something very important.
I reckon 'BBear' has put his finger on what I was trying to say. 'Nice to be part of something'
I think that is it. To me it seemed as though the people were more involved this year - they were 'part of it'.
Have now done cenotaph parade twice,99 and 04, so either side of the start of telic. Was there a difference between the public lining the route on the two different nov days? NO. The vast majority of the faces in the crowd that i could see were "older" but their applause and cheers were as enthusiastic for Marines RAF Army and TA. London underground even get a cheer. Today you would have found me offering my own silent prayer at 11(12 local) in south east germany trying not to forget in a country that whishes to forget whilst i wear my poppy with more pride than the "Burberry and bar" i got for being scared shiTless.

More wine Mr B? Thank you......
heythrop said:
I reckon 'BBear' has put his finger on what I was trying to say. 'Nice to be part of something'
thought the same. Seemed to be a lot more than normal (of all ages), pity about the site - stopped a large number from seeing what was going on.
My cadets were the gaurd of honour on our local memorial yesterday, they got a huge round of applause when they marched past the veterans association also recieved an even louder round of applause, I dont know about the rest of the parade im afraid.
My first time at Bristol yesterday, very loud and sustained applause - especially for the vets element.

Having said that, the crowd were probably all related to someone in the sizeable service & pre-service contingents.
I was at the Cenotaph yesterday and we were all clapped along the route - some formations got cheers like St Dunstans and BLESMA, but the Gurkhas also got a great reception. We booed the Monkeys but it was done with good squaddie humour.
Does anyone parade (in uniform) at their local parade, not at their units parade. I noticed a Sgt had done this, going to their daughters guides/scouts/brownies parade and then going onto a TA function.

Her indoors now wants to do the same alternating between my eldests event and TA.
There was a good reception as ever for the 'Vets', but i was really touched by the people lining the street who applauded our unit. And the 'Vets' spent alot of the time afterwards chatting with us and cracking jokes, even with some of the younger soldiers.

It was a unique experience and i felt really honured to have been aloud to parade with such fine individuals.


A very old veteran shook me my the hand and thanked me and my small contingent (I laid the wreath at the memorial- the lads looked immaculate).

I was profoundly moved. I then found I had something in my eye.
It is always strangely dusty around 11.00am on that particular Sunday; the wind always seems to blow grit in my eyes suddenly no matter how well the council sweep the area beforehand.

At our city centre service and parade everyone received applause as they marched off, even the brownies, the greatest for the old boys as is fitting. It is a major physical effort for the old crew and the young kids; they dserve a round of applause for turning up and standing on a cold winter's day in order to do the decent thing. How many of us can get a 9 year old to stand still for two minutes let alone an hour?

The nearest major unit turned out a number of winged and berteted young NCOs and Toms to push the old para brigade boys in their wheelchairs.

It was very touching.
I certainly clapped the TA and the cadets. These days as we all know, if you join the TA the likelihood of been sent to Iraq or the 'stan is quite high, therfore you have to admire people that are in the TA, TA or reg it doesnt make a great deal of difference in either theartre. As for the cadets, these are kids who bother there arrse to move away from the street corners and do something enjoyable whilst getting valuable life experiance in safe surroundings, plus these are potentially the soldiers of tomorrow.

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