A World War Two veteran and Chelsea pensioner has described the emotions he feels on Remembrance Sunday.
Freddy Andrews, 87, who lives in the Royal Chelsea Hospital, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, said this Sunday will be an important day for him.
"Just talking about it makes me feel sad," he said. "During the ceremony I am unable to talk to anyone. I see the faces of comrades from the past. The ceremony always brings out the shadows."
A retired schoolmaster, Mr Andrews served in the Fifth Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards in Europe.
In 1945 he was a driver and radio operator for his company's commanding officer on reconnaissance in France. Of his experiences, he said: "I wouldn't want to go through that again. I don't think anybody would."
He described how hard remembrance services were for him in his teaching days.
"It's strange. All the memories come back with the marching band and the flowers."
Young people, he said, have a different attitude towards the occasion from older people.
"There are lots of lessons from the past but it is very difficult to put across those lessons. It's like painting a picture. Some people can paint a good picture and other people can't.
"Young people have different sorts of values and a way of adjusting Remembrance Sunday to their own frame of mind. How can we expect to project the consequences of war onto them?
"They are so vibrant and see no danger. It's true of all young people. One becomes more aware of danger as one gets older."
He said youngsters frequently ask him about his medals. "They ask me, 'What did you get your medals for?' It always triggers the imagination in boys and it does tend to paint a certain type of picture of what happened. Some people can explain the seriousness of it to them and some cannot."