With this important day coming up I have been thinking back to the parades and piss-ups that followed. One thing that seemed to stick is that when I was regular we had a parade on 11/11 unless it was at a weekend. After the parade it was just back to work. The parade itself was not a 100% and many functions just carried on with everyone stopping what they were doing at 11 am. Even poppies were a part of day to day. First parade of the poppy wearing season (usually closest to 1st November) on Company muster poppies were issued and money extracted for said poppy. The CQMS had a box of poppies in his store, with a collection tin, for those who lost theirs. But it all seemed to be just part of routine - maybe I was too young then When I joined the TA I found that it was a major event in the Battalion and a major social event with lots of former members returning for beer and sandwiches. In fact I was caught out by my first one as I drove there - mug. Got the wife to drive me to and collect from subsequent ones! This is not in any way a complaint or request for the Outrage Bus to be signed out from the museum but just a reflection on how both sides of the one-army approached things. I have to say I am talking from mid 60s to early 80s. It would be interesting to hear how others, especially regular units, dealt with Remembrance. Nowadays I tend to view the weekend as a TV event with my participation being personal. Like Trooping the Colour, the service from the Albert Hall on Saturday night and the Cenotaph ceremony are required viewing every year.