On the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday, the Royal British Legion hosts a televised commemoration and celebration of the our country’s Armed Forces. This year the Legion commemorated and honoured those from Britain, the Commonwealth and the Allies who made victory possible in the Second World War.
The most poignant moments of the festival, for me, were the Tribute to the Bereaved, the arrival of our beloved Chelsea Pensioners and 44 veterans from the campaigns of 1944. All received prolonged and deserved applause.
At one point I had tears steaming down my face (much to The Boy Child’s alarm); I wasn’t embarrassed. I knew I wouldn’t be the only one.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that attending the Festival of Remembrance has been one of the greatest privileges of my life.
You can see the Festival of Remembrance via the BBC’s iPlayer service.