The Victoria Cross and George Cross are Britain's highest honors, and the medals are highly collected. Twice a year the royal family honors a group of recipients. The latest event was held this week at St. James Palace. -EditorThe heroics of the 26 holders of Britain's highest medals for gallantry, the Victoria Cross and George Cross make them part of an elite club . and this week its members were honoured by the association's president, the Prince of Wales, along with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Among those invited to a royal reception at St James's Palace in London were Lance-Corporal Johnson Beharry, decorated for twice saving members of his unit from ambushes in Iraq four years ago, and Margaret Purves, who rescued a boy scout and his leader from the sea aged 14 in 1949.
Also among the day's heroes were Henry Flintoff, who at the age of 13 rescued a farmer from a bull in 1944, and Dr Dick Butson, honoured for a 1947 Antarctic rescue operation.
Despite their courage some of Prince Charles' guests apparently find being in the spotlight at the biennial event a little nervewracking, though.
To read the complete article, see: Royals pay tribute to Victoria Cross and George Cross heroes (http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2008/09/10/charles-war-veterans/)
Prior to the event at St. James Palace, there was a service at St Martin-in-the-Fields church on Trafalgar Square in central London. The first church built on the site was erected in the 13th century. The present church building, erected 1721-26, predates Trafalgar Square by a hundred years. The church was still undergoing an extensive renovation during my time in London last summer. I was unable to enter or tour it; the Cafi-in-the-Crypt was closed. But I'm glad to see it's open again. -Editor
To read the complete article, see: Royals attend gallantry service (http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5glvwVMdlH8o7P1NrSau8pOGmzNJQ)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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