Thursday, 8 May 2008

City Salute to the Armed Forces

At last evening's sunset pageant in the City of London, thousands of people came to thank the British Armed Forces and their families for the work they do and the sacrifices they have made on our behalf. Prominent in the crowd were Princes William and Harry who joined in the applause given in particular to the servicemen and women injured on the frontline. Their message to the crowds packed around St Paul's Cathedral was simple: "They need to know just how grateful we are for the job which they do on our behalf so uncomplainingly and so well."

The Salute, compered by the UK's next PM, Jeremy Clarkson, featured fly-pasts by RAF Typhoons and Chinook helicopters, Household Cavalry Armoured and Mounted detachments, the band of the Royal Marines, a salvo from the guns of the WW2 cruiser HMS Belfast and finished with a son et luminere on the facade of St Pauls. The most memorable events however were when, on giant TV screens, a couple of injured soldiers related what had happened to them and how they were coping with their injuries.

The City Salute Appeal will be raising thousands of pounds for Help for Heroes and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).
Link> City Salute
Link> BBC: Thousands attend forces spectacle
Link> The Sun: Princes in tribute to hero troops
Link> The Telegraph: William and Harry join sunset salute
Link> MoD Defence News: William and Harry salute "remarkable qualities" of the Armed Forces