Sunday 16th November 2008. A word of explanation to my non-Jewish friends. Anyone who has read any articles of mine that mentions the name of AJEX (Association of Jewish Ex-Serviceman & Women) may be puzzled to know why that organisation feels it necessary to hold a separate service to that organised by the British Legion which is normally held on the nearest Sunday to November 11th. The answer is fairly simple. The British Legion Service of Remembrance is attended by HM The Queen and other members of the Royal Family and the service, conducted by the Bishop of London, is based on Church of England practices. The AJEX service, always on the following Sunday, is led by Jewish ministers, including the Chief Rabbi, and offers the marchers and the congregation an opportunity to recite the Jewish Kaddish (mourning prayer) in honour of the fallen. Notwithstanding the above, a small representative contingent of AJEX do take part in the main British Legion parade, including the march past and a laying of a wreath, and the Chief Rabbi also attends, as do other inter-denominational clergy. As I have done for the last sixty years I attended today's parade and met up with old comrades. Despite the early rainfall I would estimate that over a thousand ex-serviceman were on parade. Also on parade was my old friend Lew who shared a wireless truck with me over sixty five years ago !