A bright, chilly day marked last weekend’s Parade at the Cenotaph with a large turnout of Green Howards. A further 10 or so joined us from the Yorkshire Regiment.
We formed up on Horse Guards before marching to the top of Whitehall, led by Brigadier Santa Olalla. Once in position, the parade listened in silence as the Service of remembrance got underway. The cannon fire, the music, and the playing of Last Post would have most of us in a more reflective mood. We have lost many friends this year, most recently Kenny McGrath. In many ways this was Kenny’s weekend, always on parade with his pals, organising a happy weekend of events for any Green Howard wishing to come to London. As we stepped off down Whitehall to the sound of massed military bands, clapped and cheered by the crowds I can’t help but think that Kenny would have been proud.
The BBC even chose to give brief coverage to our Association with some close-up camera shots and the briefest snippet of our history - we’ll be hoping for a little bit more next year! (If you have not seen it already there are pictures around the 1 hour 29 minute mark on BBC IPlayer.)
Finishing on Horse Guards as many more Associations followed, we were very much on a high. There was lots of the usual banter before we fell out and made our way for refreshments. Nothing is better than coming together with friends to remember those we have lost.
Next year of course will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of The Great War and plans are already being made to make this a very special event.