We are going to train you to jump out of a aeroplane atached to some string and a bit of silk, then when you land go fight the enemy........." This must have been like someone now saying stand here whilst we transport you using this ray gun. Few years ago I met some para veterans in amsterdam, beautiful sunny day and there were these old boys with their berets on having tea and being aproached by kids, teenagers & adults just wanting to say a few words or have a photo taken with them. Still had the charm for the ladies and to see the regard they were held in was, humbling. Not saying they did it all themselves, we have the american media for that, it's just that as a civvie I feel that we are being conditioned to feel less and less pride in our veterans, regardless of which conflict they served in. Recent posts on arrse have even reported councils trying to ban rememberence day parades. Who is not moved by the dropping of the poppies at the televised service, the grave of the unknown soldier or the remaining survivors of the first world war, diminished by the only enemy they cannot beat, time. They say the last WW1 "tommy" will be afforded a state funeral. Why not each serviceman and woman? Do they deserve any less?