For the first time, war veteran and campaigner Jack Edwards was forced to sit rather than stand throughout yesterday's Remembrance Day ceremony - age and a stroke taking its toll. The 85-year-old, who as chairman of the Royal British Legion (Hong Kong and China Branch) has tirelessly campaigned for pensions and British passports for ex-servicemen and their widows, was assisted to the Cenotaph in Central. 'I normally would never sit during the service,' said Mr Edwards, who is blind in one eye after a stroke two years ago. 'But I had to this year. I collapsed at Remembrance two years ago.' But Mr Edwards was still strong enough to get up to give a short speech calling on those who attended to remember fallen comrades. After the service, he vowed to continue working with the legion and on the poppy appeal to raise funds for Hong Kong war veterans. 'I'll do it as long as I can,' he said. 'I was very pleased with the turnout from Legco,' he said, referring to at least 13 legislators who attended the ceremony to lay wreaths, including Yeung Sum, Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee and Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai. The weather held out for most of the ceremony, which was attended by a large crowd led by religious leaders. The rain only fell after the Hong Kong Police Band played the national anthem. Mr Edwards expressed disappointment over the absence of Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, who is in Europe and was represented by his aide-de-camp. 'He hasn't attended the service in the six years he's been in office,' Mr Edwards said. 'I had a long chat to him about it and I'm hopeful he'll come next year. He always attends Tung Yung,' he said, referring to what a government spokesman last month classed as the government's official ceremony for Hong Kong's fallen from 1941 to 1945, which is held at City Hall in October. He said many ex-servicemen, 'and I'm talking for the Chinese ex-servicemen as well', were becoming increasingly annoyed at the lack of flags on the cenotaph through the year. 'If they can go up one day a year, why aren't they up every day? Just remove the crowns at the top of the poles and put the three flags up [the Bauhinia, the Chinese flag and that of the ex-servicemen's associations],' he said.