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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09.09 | 20:52

Alan things are up in the air at the moment,but we have a new membership secretary will pass on details when i have them

Bob

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09.09 | 19:30

Where do I pay my membership now that Noel has passed away ?
I used to drop it down to Noel's house.
Can't make the meeting on Wednesdays.
Alan.

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03.09 | 13:07

Thanks Bob, managed to get sorted and have 6 tickets for the Festival on Saturday, before I march past the Cenotaph with the Irish Guards on Sunday. QS

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02.09 | 20:44

Hi Scot our secretary Noel would have got this code,Unfortunately noel passed away.He did send me an email about booking that has a code 27882 I hope this is it

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