Thursday, 10 November 2011


Tomorrow is Armistice Day or Remembrance Day.  In 1918,  On the 11th Day, of the 11th Month, at the 11th hour World War One finally came to an end.  A year later King George V declared this would be the day when we would, as a nation, honour our fallen and the wearing of poppies and observing 2 minutes silence at 11am is something we have done ever since. Not just to remember the fallen of the First World War, but every conflict since.

For many, this is the only time of the year they give much thought to the armed forces and the sacrifices individuals have made in order to keep this country safe and free. For others they carry the sadness of loved ones lost in their hearts every day. For those people this time of year can be especially hard.

Whatever day of the week Armistice Day falls on there are parades and services of remembrance on the following Sunday, in towns and villages up and down the country. Wreaths are laid at war memorials and service personnel and civilians come together in the act of remembrance.

Chief and I will be apart this Remembrance Sunday as he will be taking part in a parade in the North East of England. In preparation he's been getting his uniform ready. Polishing his boots, the peak of his cap, medals etc.  Earlier today we'd been discussing by phone how exactly you get a shine on leather like a soldier does on his boots. So a while ago Chief took a picture on his phone and sent it over. Even though it amazes me (these are NOT patent leather) he's still expressed concern he's not done it well enough!

Ready for the weekend
Excuse the blur I think he took this snap on his phone.

Someone commented on Facebook a few days ago they didn't think that celebrities should be wearing poppies with bling as wearing a Poppy is a mark of respect. I personally don't agree with that view point. As long as money is given to the Royal British Legion or other Forces Charities and awareness continues to be spread as to the plight of our armed forces and veterans, then it has to be a good thing. Sadly for every soldier currently killed in Afghanistan there are many more we don't hear about that are injured, often seriously. These men and women and their families are in need of the help and support that forces charities provide. This support can't be provided without financial support, some of which is generated by the sales of poppies and other Remembrance merchandise.

So when you remember the fallen this year, please spare some time to consider the living and what you might be able to do help. 


  1. Lovely post Jan and those boots sure are shiny!

  2. Great post Jan. Couldn't have said it any better myself! Super shiny!

  3. Great post Jan - lest we forget..

  4. Great job on the spit and polish there! Our office is currently papered with posters reminding us of our 2 minute silence tomorrow, and we all got an e-mail reminder too, so hopefully everyone will remember to take part!

  5. Amazing shine! Sorry you are both apart today! Hopefully you'll be back together again soon, Jxo

  6. Beautifully expressed heartfelt post Jan. I'm sure Chief will do his boys proud. God bless them all and their families.

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  8. Sorry Jan, sent it twice so deleted the last one!

  9. I'm parading with my Cubs on Sunday - we've been trying to express upon them how important it is to come but we're just hopeful we get more than the FOUR we did last year. Out of twenty. *rollseyes* Some parents just don't care.

    On the boots, I have no idea how they do it so I get my spouse to polish our shoes. There's definitely a special trick they're taught, I don't care what they say! Trade secret!

  10. Great post - thank you! And the shine on those shoes and the cap peak is amazing!

  11. Wonderful post Jan. Today (the 11th), is Veteran's Day in the states. We too have parades & other celebrations.
    Chief did an awesome job shining his shoes & cap! I've always heard called a "spit shine" - do you suppose that's the real trick??


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