Yesterday I joined millions around the country - and hundreds in Brighton - in commemorating the first Armed Forces Day.
For me the events were a perfect backdrop for thinking about the remarkable sacrifice made by so many in the struggles against fascism and for peace and stability.
The noblest of aims, perhaps, and I salute those who have given up so much in their pursuit, especially men like 113-year-old Ovingdean resident Henry Allingham, who served in both world wars and has been an informal ambassador for peace ever since.
For Sammy, it was a lovely day out complete with parachutes - trucks and even tanks. Five-year-old boy stuff.
I'm looking forward to next year already: and I hope the powers that be will extend the commemoration to all public sector workers who give so much, and sometimes risk life itself, to make our lives a little easier.