MEANING OF THE STANDARD
It begins with a declaration to be made immediately after a standard
has been dedicated as follows.
I would remind you that these Standards are no mere flags of Silk or bunting, but rather are sacred emblems which have been solemnly dedicated in ample form.
Beneath their folds all poor and distressed brothers-in-arms may seek solace and relief from their afflications.
Our Standards are all of like design as emblems of brotherhood and equality.
Many of these Standards have lain in the sacred dust of the Battle-fields of the Empire.
So remembering these things and the high ideals for which they stand for, disgrace them not.
Then comes this explanation of the emblematic significance of Legion Standards:
Your Standards represent the ideal of Service to God, Queen and Country.
The Spirehead should remind us of the pillar of flames, or the finger pointing to Heaven, which is generally depicted in our churches by
The Union Flag bears the crosses of St. George St. Andrew and St. Patrick.
St.George is the Patron saint of Fighting Men.
St.Andrew was a Disciple of Christ.
St.Patrick was the first Christian
Missionary to this Country.
Beneath these Crosses all the great epics of Chivalry in our history have been achieved. Added to these Crosses are the Blue and Old Gold of The Royal British Legion.
The Blue is to remind us of the gallant souls who have passed on beneath the deep water and in the air.
The Gold represents those shining warriors who sanctified by service, have passed unsullied to the Throne
The tassels remind us of the beginning and ending of life, and the Cord, the golden line along which all good Legionaires should pass during the brief sojourn on earth. The golden fringe or frame binds
us all together in one great Brotherhood.
Thus you have represented on your Standards your Service to God your Queen and your Country.
I exhort you therefore, to remember
that your Standards are sacred Emblems. Keep them clean and cared for, as a sign that you appreciate the meaning of this Charge.