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Salvo…salute to Pomp & Circumstance

March 3, 2013
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Salvo – definition:  the firing of two or more guns, or artillery pieces, at a single target or as a salute 2) the release all at once of a rack of bombs or rockets.

When I read today’s word I was reminded of the gun salute for the Queen’s official birthday – the sound echoes around London. The pageantry is spectacular as the trooping of the color is played out by the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall. Although this event takes place on 15th June the Queens‘ actual birthday is 21st April. Some may say get rid of all this pomp and circumstance as it is of days gone by and does not ‘fit’ into the modern day era. Well I say keep it all. Every one remembers royal weddings and sadly, funerals because the population comes together with mutual camaraderie to focus on one event. It unites us when so little does in this day and age. Why do we have to rid our selves of our history? Maybe if we did look back we would realize there are valuable lessons there – it might stop events being repeated time and again! Well I’ll get off my soap box now…thank you for reading, whether you are with or opposed to my view.

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Horse Guards Parade, with the London Eye obser...

Horse Guards Parade, with the London Eye observation wheel rising behind William Kent’s Horse Guards. (Photo credit:

Wikipedia)

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