Veterans Salute " The Story"

                           "THE VETERANS SALUTE TO THEIR FALLEN COMRADES"

The Veterans Salute to their "Fallen Comrades" originated in London on Armistice day in 1920, during the ceremony to unveil and dedicate the Cenotaph in Whitehall at the same time a funeral procession accompanying the remains of the "Unknown Soldier" halted at the Cenotaph during the ceremony before proceeding to Westminster Abby for intermment. Those present included the senior Soldier, sailor and many Victoria Cross winners. The ceremony concluded with a march past. The Regimental Sergeant Major of the Guard Regiment conducting the ceremony, faced with a gathering of highly decorated and high ranking military men (many Victoria Cross winners) all wearing rows of medals, decreed that all would salute the Cenotaph as they marched past by placing their hand over their medals, signifying that "No matter what honours we may have been awarded they are nothing compared with the honour due to those who paid the supreme sacrifice".

My thanks to my good friend Antony Shaw, (Historian) Tanzania, for the story of
 "The Veterans Salute"

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Brendan O'Neill | Reply 01.06.2015 14.40

Different generation of men in those days. Respect.

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