Birmingham city councillor Peter Hollingworth, who served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in the Second World War, marched with other veterans yesterday.
The Conservative councillor for Harborne remembers watching his father taking part in Remembrance Day commemorations for his service in the First World War.
"It is a tremendous day where we can remember our comrades who didn't come back," said Coun Hollingworth.
"It is still very vivid. I used to come to watch my father march after the First World War and then, after the Second World War, I marched ahead of him because I was in the Navy and he was in the Army, which caused great consternation."
Charlie Winters, a navy veteran from Sheldon, has come to Birmingham almost every year since the end of the Second World War to remember his fallen colleagues.
"I have only missed one year due to illness and I remember coming here to watch my father march the first time round. It is important that we remember. Every year I go back to Normandy to mark D-Day and I do a lot of research on the war," he said.
"It is amazing to see the spirit is still there and it is amazing how your memory goes back to things that happened during the war during the two-minute silence."
It was the third time in a week that veteran Cliff Booth, from Womborne, Staffordshire, had carried the standard for the Merchant Navy to mark the occasion.
"It was very emotional and I think it is the biggest turnout we have seen. I do remember things but I try and look forward to the future rather than backwards," he said.
John Turner, from Rugeley, Staffordshire, who was just 14 when he went to sea with the Merchant Navy, said: "We haven't any war graves; 33 , 000 merchant seamen lost their lives but their graves are at the bottom of the sea."
Mr Turner, Mr Booth and his wife Clarissa, who laid the wreath on behalf of the Merchant Navy yesterday, are fighting to prevent divers from exploring the wreckage of ships which sank during the war.
The trio were among other Merchant Navy members to protest outside the High Court last month supporting a family fighting to protect their father's grave.
His body lies with SS Storaa, which sank ten miles off Hastings, East Sussex, in November 1943 after being torpedoed.
The Ministry of Defence has not designated the wreckage a war grave because it claims it was not in military service at the time.
The campaigners argue that the ship was armed, sailing in convoy, and had already beaten one German attack before it was hit.
The veterans hope the case will lead to a landmark ruling which will protect the graves of thousands of other sailors who died during the Second World War.
"Nine hours after war was declared the first ship went down and nine days after the war ended the last merchant ship went down. There were some on the ships only 12 or 13 years old," said Mr Booth.
Mr Turner said: "We also have Merchant Navy Day on September 3 to mark that day the first ship went down."