City Salute - update
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
TOMORROW evening – May 7, 2008 – City Salute, a spectacular open-air sunset pageant, will be held in front of St Paul’s Cathedral. Starting at 8pm, it will be hosted by Jeremy Clarkson and Royal Patrons of the City Salute Appeal, Prince William and Prince Harry, will join in this public celebration of the Armed Forces and their families.
In the event programme Prince William and Prince Harry have paid a signed tribute. It reads:
“City Salute is a chance for us all to follow the City’s lead in saying thank you to the Armed Forces, and join in saluting the remarkable qualities of our servicemen and women and their families. It’s a chance, too, for us to demonstrate our support for them by helping with the care for those who have suffered grievously in the service of their country.
We are both currently enjoying the privilege of seeing at first hand the simply remarkable job which the men and women of our Armed Forces do. Their professionalism is coupled with quite extraordinary personal qualities of courage, resilience, modesty, and humour – qualities which they display in good times and in bad, and which are humbling and inspiring beyond measure.
Our servicemen and women need to know that we as a people can display those same qualities – that we will support them in good times and in bad; and they need to know just how grateful we are for the job which they do on our behalf so uncomplainingly and so well.
Their families, too, deserve our support and our gratitude. In what are for most of us years of peace and plenty they suffer agonies of separation and apprehension, and give love and crucial support when needed. We salute them as well, and thank them.”
The City Salute Appeal and City Salute event is an initiative by the City of London to support wounded service personnel. Projects funded by the Appeal will be a swimming pool and sports complex for physiotherapy as well as family accommodation for relatives of servicemen and women undergoing treatment at Headley Court and Selly Oak Hospital.