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Re(8): Least We Forget-Old Regimental Colour
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Hi all,

My earlier post was premature on this matter. Least we forget.
The importance of the Colours to Fusiliers. Colours have become the symbol of the spirit of our Regiment.
They bear the battle honours and badges granted to the Regiment in commemoration of the gallant deeds performed by its members from the time it was raised.The Colours carry upon them all the battle honours of the Regiment.As such have major significance for each and every in that Regiment. The Colours are the embodiment of a Regiment.
They record the proud and costly history of each Regiment and as such, they are guarded and escorted with unbelievable zest.
Colours are treated with reverence.
As a symbol of a regiment, they are always guarded and paid compliments.
Colours are never capriciously destroyed - when too old to use they are replaced and then laid-up in museums, religious buildings and other places of significance to their regiment.
In most modern armies Standing Orders call for the Colours to be intentionally destroyed if they are ever in danger of being captured by the enemy.

Once the colours have reduced to dust through decay and become unrecognisable what then should happen to the supporting pikes? Is this the appropriate time for the pikes to be placed in another place suitably inscribed e.g." these pikes supported the Queens and Regimental colours of the...."? Comments welcome! Les

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