Rememberance Day

F.T.D

Midshipman
Just wondering if it is only my unit that has people using more effort to avoid doing any parades or services than actualy turning up would require?
Same people every year some reasons (excuses) for non attendance are legendary.
 

SpliceTheMainbrace

Lantern Swinger
My unit do have their act together when it comes to Rememberance Sunday. I think we got 51 people this year turning out.
Think it should be a requirement unless you have got something planned for instance a holiday. It's the most important day in the military sense of the year. The day when we remember those who laid down their lives for the freedom of this nation.
I'll get off my soap box now, and yes I will be attending this year as I did last year.
 

dondon

MIA
F.T.D said:
Just wondering if it is only my unit that has people using more effort to avoid doing any parades or services than actualy turning up would require?
Same people every year some reasons (excuses) for non attendance are legendary.

There just sad bastards mate , I'd consider it an honour to attend a parade in an official capacity [in rig] , always watch Remembrence Service at the Albert Hall , makes you reflect a little and makes me wonder why anyone would want to serve this gorverment , it so pisses me off , I wear my poppy in honour of all fallen servicemen , & woman of course , and wonder what the future holds , I dread to think ,
 

dunkers

War Hero
I don't like to hear the top brass in my unit telling people they need to turn out "because FOSNNI is coming to this one" or because "it helps our corporate appearance", it's Remembrance Sunday for heaven's sake, we should not be hearing this bollocks about the parade being good for our "corporate appearance". The meaning of the parade should be enough to get everyone in the unit, who does not have a genuine reason for absence, to go.
 

SpliceTheMainbrace

Lantern Swinger
dunkers said:
I don't like to hear the top brass in my unit telling people they need to turn out "because FOSNNI is coming to this one" or because "it helps our corporate appearance", it's Remembrance Sunday for heaven's sake, we should not be hearing this bollocks about the parade being good for our "corporate appearance". The meaning of the parade should be enough to get everyone in the unit, who does not have a genuine reason for absence, to go.

We don't get that kind of talk at my unit. The FOSNNI quote did make me laugh though!
The added insentive for us is we go out on the town afterwards for a few sherberts, not in rig of course. LOL That sounds as though I am cheapening the day I don't mean it to. I have a real sense of pride and humility when doing parade for that day.
 

dunkers

War Hero
Oh yes, likewise, the NAFFI gets a lot of custom after the parade :lol:
Is it the case in every unit that attendance at a remembrance parade is a bounty requirement?
 

F.T.D

Midshipman
I think every unit makes it a bounty requirement but lets be honest it shouldn't have to be. The reason for the day should guarantee max effort to attend but sadly for certain people at my unit its max effort to get a waiver!!! And it grips my s**t
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
It annoys me to hear that anyone would try to avoid these things. It's only one day FFS!

There are only 16 Brits out here and, given the environment, if we can manage to organise and make time to have a service I can't see how anyone else would have an excuse.

SF
 

Old_Hand

Lantern Swinger
SpliceTheMainbrace said:
dunkers said:
I don't like to hear the top brass in my unit telling people they need to turn out "because FOSNNI is coming to this one" or because "it helps our corporate appearance", it's Remembrance Sunday for heaven's sake, we should not be hearing this bollocks about the parade being good for our "corporate appearance". The meaning of the parade should be enough to get everyone in the unit, who does not have a genuine reason for absence, to go.

We don't get that kind of talk at my unit. The FOSNNI quote did make me laugh though!
The added insentive for us is we go out on the town afterwards for a few sherberts, not in rig of course. LOL That sounds as though I am cheapening the day I don't mean it to. I have a real sense of pride and humility when doing parade for that day.

Absolutely. I have been in the blue suit for nearly 30yrs now and I still get a great feeling of pride when wearing it in public especially around the time of the Rememberance season. After all it is probably the only time of the year when we get to wear it in public. I havn't got a lot of time for people who come up with excuses year after year as to why they can't be bothered to attend the services. Wasters. Our big parade is in Cardiff and we always have a rig run in the city after. It goes down a treat with the locals.
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
F.T.D said:
Just wondering if it is only my unit that has people using more effort to avoid doing any parades or services than actualy turning up would require?
Same people every year some reasons (excuses) for non attendance are legendary.

In the past I've attended official civic parades representing my unit and also, with the unit's blessing, I've also missed the official parade to attend my local village service. On the latter occasions having a uniformed presence raised the profile of the RN(R) in my own community and led to me being asked to take an active part, e.g. wreath laying or a reading. Just because someone is not at the official parade doesn't automatically mean they are skiving.

This year, I'll be taking part in a parade with my son's scout troop along the main drag in Petawawa and I'm 99% certain I'll be the only Brit, and 100% certain I'll be the only representative of the RNR! I will however be proudly wearing my rig and a poppy (and am also looking forward to the hot toddy at the Canadian Legion!).
 
We are struggling to get a marching platoon this year (Stand fast the guard). I think that the parade on Sunday should be the only compulsory event that people attend, if they wish to go to others then that is up to the individual
 
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