We have Remembrance Day here in the US as well. It used to be called Armistice Day but is now called Veteran's Day and is barely remembered or honored anymore. Memorial Day on the other hand, honors all soldiers from all wars and is the unofficial beginning of the Summer season.
Later in the day on Monday I saw more HUGE camper trailers (caravans) being pulled by equally HUGE pickup trucks than I've seen in a long while.
Here is Canada ... like the Brits, we have Remembrance Day and it isn't a statutory holiday. No, Peggs .... as far as I know there are no marching bands in high schools; that's an American thing. I could never quite figure those out !! I always saw them as associated with American high school football which they make a HUGE deal over in the states. Canadian high schools have football teams but it isn't a town event by any means.
Pretending I'm a pleasant person all day is exhausting
BTW, does anyone else think it's a bit strange/mad/sad/fuckin' stupid recreating old battles? When no-one gets hurt and everyone has a lovely day out except Bob who sprained his ankle and Jane who got a splinter. Proper weird types, I say!
Yes, I've witnessed them close up in the park camping in the woods and kicking stray footballs back to the kids and the big kids. But no more strange than us lot posting on here I suppose. It takes all kinds.
i'm going to go out on a limb here and say it's at least a little bit more strange that us lot posting on here. yes it takes all kinds but this particular practice exposes feelings about war that are darker, to say the least, than our chit-chat about music and alcohol and whatnot. everywhere there are persons who, in their heart of hearts, wish that certain famous conflicts had turned out differently; battle reenactments can encourage those persons in ways that aren't really productive, or at least give off what we used to call "bad vibes". last summer i read the novel "welcome to braggsville" (by t. geronimo johnson), which explored the issue in an interesting way. if you can handle mad post-modern writing it's worth a read.
I guess it depends on your experiences. The guys I've witnessed all look peaceable, nerdy types who look slightly bored and a bit embarrassed. I've come across more sinister stuff on online forums. I'm guessing there's a mix of all types of people taking part in all types of activities.