Nicola Anderson: Lavish spectacle had a heart and a soul as crowds came out
They promised us many things.
A 'magnificent spectacle' with a chance to reflect and celebrate - an inclusive event to respectfully remember all those who lost their lives. Those who took brave and fateful decisions, or those who simply got caught up in the conflict. And ultimately it was all this - but it was also much more.
It had a heart, a soul and an unscripted sense of wistful poignancy that underscored even the precise theatrics of the military display and belied the even more military levels of organisation.