Divided we stand
What really put me off was the floats and placards from the various peace protesters, and groups like Amnesty International. I suppose some would say that their right to express their opinion is the point of this holiday, but I say that it totally detracts from it.
The point of a national holiday is to unite people not divide them. It's like being at a dinner party, people. You make smalltalk. You talk about non-controversial things because that's what you do to be inclusive, to make everyone feel welcome, regardless of the political beliefs they hold.