Prince Philip Ban­ner com­ing to Ruther­glen

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

The Royal Ban­ner of the Corps of Royal Aus­tralian Elec­tri­cal and Me­chan­i­cal Engi­neers (RAEME) will lead this year’s ANZAC Day march in Ruther­glen.

In a rare ap­pear­ance out­side of ma­jor mil­i­tary cer­e­monies, The Prince Philip Ban­ner will be the cen­tre­piece of the 2018 ANZAC Day march and com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vice mark­ing the 100th An­niver­sary of the fi­nal bat­tles of World War I. The Ban­ner will be ac­com­pa­nied by an es­cort of 60 Army per­son­nel and will be guarded by an armed Es­cort Party. The Prince Philip Ban­ner was pre­sented to RAEME by His Royal High­ness, Prince Philip, Duke of Ed­in­burgh in 1986.

It is one of the num­ber of Royal Banners pre­sented to the Aus­tralian Army fol­low­ing a tra­di­tion that be­gan in 1904. The Ban­ner is made of crim­son silk, mea­sures 120cm x 65cm and is edged with 5cm gold braid­ing. Em­broi­dered on the ban­ner are the RAEME badge, the Duke of Ed­in­burgh cypher and the Aus­tralian Coat of Arms.

The year 1986 is em­broi­dered in the top left hand cor­ner in gold thread to mark the year of the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Ban­ner, con­ducted at Ban­di­ana, by Prince Philip. The Ban­ner, pike and as­so­ci­ated cer­e­mo­nial items weigh more than 30 kilo­grams. The his­tory of banners can be traced back to an­cient times when a ban­neret was a knight who was af­forded the priv­i­lege of dis­play­ing a square ban­ner whilst in the field. When car­ried aloft in the bat­tle­field, banners served to iden­tify ral­ly­ing points about which troops would mass to fend off an en­emy ad­vance or to re-group and con­sol­i­date af­ter pe­ri­ods of com­bat. Even to­day, the long as­so­ci­a­tion with knights and her­aldry af­fords a Royal Ban­ner spe­cial re­li­gious and sym­bolic sig­nif­i­cance.

They are care­fully guarded and are at all times af­forded great rev­er­ence.

It can­not be touched by un­gloved hands and smok­ing is not per­mit­ted in its pres­ence. This year’s ANZAC Day march will be­gin in Main Street, Ruther­glen, at 8.50am.

It will pro­ceed up Main Street, turn left into High Street, right into Mur­phy Street and pro­ceed to the Memo­rial Park where the ANZAC Day Com­mem­o­ra­tive Ser­vice will be con­ducted.

Prince Philip Ban­ner to lead Ruther­glen ANZAC Day march.

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