Not long now to Remembrance Day. As usual, I shall make a point of being on parade with many other former servicemen and women. My local town does this well, with a proper form up and (short!) march through the town, wreath-laying at the war memorial and so on. I always come away from the parade with a tear in my eye and a renewed sense of pride and admiration for these honourable men and women, many of whom are in their later years. It's remarkable how every year they make the effort to turn up and honour their fallen colleagues - and now, of course - some of a younger generation. And, as usual, we can expect to see Her Majesty and others laying wreaths at the Cenotaph, and the old comrades marching or being wheeled along Whitehall. But I'm at a loss to describe my feelings as I anticipate the sight of Godon Brown and his colleagues, such as Des Browne, laying wreaths and standing there with head bowed. Of course, Tony Blair will be conveniently ensconced in his palace in the Middle-East. What of others such as John Reid? What of those senior MoD figures? Perhaps Dannatt will be one of the few who can look these courageous ex-servicemen and women squarely in the eye. Maybe we should all make the point of turning out on the day and swelling the ranks. It's one way to shown that they and the things they have fought for are not forgotten.