At 12:30 today the Welsh Guards staged the first in a series of homecoming parades in Wales, with a march through Cardiff to also help launch Armed Forces Day 2010.
It began at the Millennium Plaza along Wood Street via The Hayes ending up at Cardiff Castle.
The parade involved 250 soldiers from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and hundreds, if not thousands, of people lined the streets and applauded the troops as they marched though the capital.
The elderly, ex-servicemen and children cheered and applauded the parade whilst others’ thoughts were with those unlucky enough not to be part of the parade.
After the parade had reached Cardiff Castle, the streets were re-opened at 12:45, with traffic free to move again.
Whilst walking away from the Castle a lady loudly shouted out of her stationary car, “is it all over yet?” I replied, “Yes!” when then she felt the need to hastily shout out in a very abrupt manner, “thank Jesus Christ for that!” and carried on looking at the end of her tether and in total despair.
A few other people were walking along with me and we all commented on how ignorant and intolerant this person was. None of us could believe that this woman wouldnt give up 10 minutes of her time whilst these people were fighting and giving up their lives.
We were just all aghast with her attitude and it put me in a bad mood for the rest of the day – hence the rant here!
It was such a really humbling experience to applaud the troops proudly marching through our city centre and it felt good to show our appreciation for all the hard work and dedication that they do on our and other people’s behalfs.
Shame on that random woman for not being so understanding.