Today was Remembrance Day in the UK. I listened on the radio to part of the wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. The High Commissioners of Commonwealth states placed their wreaths in the order that their countries gained independence from Britain. They were followed in, I think, alphabetical order by four African countries that were not part of the Empire but have since joined the Commonwealth. Rwanda was the last of them. We were in Rwanda last year, it was good to think of the country being represented at this occasion.
Next came Ireland, which took part in the ceremony up to 1946 and started again last year. Then the three armed services – the navy first, presumably because it is the “Senior Service”.
(HMS Illustrious, Portsmouth, 2014)