As David Lindsay correctly points out, we already have a day in which the armed forces are commemorated, namely the eleventh of November:
the whole point of it is that it is not a public holiday. Rather, at eleven o’clock in the morning, the ordinary routine of daily life is interrupted.
But that’s not enough for some people. (Namely, government ministers and the top brass of the armed forces.)
No, some people want to have a public holiday to legitimise the unpopular wars of occupation in the Middle East by celebrating those sent to fight said wars.
So, now we know what the Peterborough airmen affair was about: building momentum for such a public holiday to be introduced whilst at the same time innoculating against participation in the worldwide March 15 “five years on” anti-war demonstrations…