For many this was the first opportunity to return to the battlefields where many had family members, friends and comrades buried or commemorated. It was a chance to spend time with former brothers-in-arms and to reminisce, visit memorials and to pay respects to absent friends. One veteran noted that in the evenings much reminiscing was done over French cognac.
This photograph taken in the grounds of the Ulster Tower on the 1st July 1966, shows a group of approximately 47 veterans together, with their colours. From the cap badges they appear to be Royal Irish Rifles.