The day on which the victory parade was held came to be called 'Peace Day'. In some ways it was never entirely clear what message Peace Day was intended to put across and for a variety of reasons the idea of a 'peace day' with its associated victory parade did not appeal to everyone. Victory parades and peace days are, however unclear or confused their 'message' may be, deeply political events whose function is to describe events in a particular way.

A writer to a Manchester newspaper viewed the plans for Victory Day this way:

Sir, I am sure the title Peace Day will send a cold shiver through the bodies of thousands of 'demobbed' men who are walking about the streets of Manchester looking for a job. Could a term be found that would be more ironical for such men. Perhaps, after the Manchester and Salford Corporations have celebrated this 'Peace' and incidentally will have wasted the thousands of pounds which it will cost, they will devote their spare time to alleviating the 'bitterness' and 'misery' which exist in the body and mind of the unemployed ex-soldier.
    It is high time some very forcible and active measures were taken. Many Manchester businessmen refuse to employ the ex-soldier on the grounds that he has lost four years of experience in this line or that line of business through being in the army. What a splendid and patriotic retort to make to the men who were chiefly instrumental in saving their business from being in the possession of the Hun.
Manchester Evening News July 10th 1919

Others had a deeper critique and one which was smothered as time went on. In June 1919 the ex-servicemen's federation in East Anglia decided to boycott the peace celebrations and throughout Norfolk the federation took no part in the celebrations. An official explained:
Our pals died to kill militarism, not to establish that here. We have had militarism burned into us, and we hate it... The Norwich branch of the federation, which consists of nearer 4,000 men than 3,000, has decided that they will take no part in the celebration of this mock peace.

The preparations however had a dynamic all their own and there was clearly a need, at least for the army and the state, to put some kind of full stop to the war, what today we would call 'closure'.

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