Why do we place our right arm on our left breast?


 
 

Gerald Carlin

 

Charles Wright 

 

Denis Inglis (jnr)

 

Denis Inglis (snr)

 

John Dawson

 

Alex Ferguson 

 

Charles Matheson

 

Roderick Mac Lennan

 

Iain Mac Lellan

 

Hugh Boyle

 

Sam Brown

 

Bill Fisher

 

Frank Gallacher

 

Bill Gordon

 

Fraser Grant 

 

Kenny Quinn 

 

Alex Todd 

 

Ernest Sheddon

 

Sam Bovill 

 

Davie Boyce

 

John Bryson MM

 

Malcolm Robertson  

 

Albert Oswald 

 

Davie Mc Phee

 

Tommy Mc Niff 

 

Drayton Mc Kendrick 

 

Davie Martin

 

Pat Lavelle

 

James Kevan 

 

Walter Irvine

 

Christopher Hart

 

Robert Falconer  

 

Jake Elliott    

 

Tommy Dingwall    

 

John Auld   

 

Stan Connor 

 

Robert Cowan - Snr (Royal Navy)   

 

John Dickson 

 

Tam Byrne

 

Tommy Brown

 

John Drummond

 

George Thompson's

 

Alastair Pearson (CB, DSO***,OBE,MC,KStJ,CD)

 

Robbie Robertson

 

Martin Bell 2PARA

 

Bill Mc Kinnon

 

James Gallacher

 

Albert Wright

 

Ken Primrose

 

Guy Boothby

 

Henry Docherty

 

Archie 'Dusty' Milllar

 

Eddie Gallagher

 

Campbell Murdoch

 

Bert Stone 

 

Peter McGovern

 

Douglas McIntyre

 

Davie McIlroy

 

David Sproul

 

John Tutty

 

JIM MCINTOSH

 

bobby dawson

I was recently asked what was the history behind the placing of our right hand over our hearts at funerals and remembrance services and such like.  After some research I found the following and was surprised to learn that we are actually placing our hand over our medals. If you could forward to Sub Branches for their info I would appreciate it. 

The Salute by Veterans at the Cenotaph or Wreath Laying Ceremony (Remembrance Service)  It will be noticed at any Remembrance Service or when passing a Cenotaph Veterans will place their Right Hand over their “Left Side” many believing that they are placing their ‘Hand over their Heart” in Respect or Remembrance of their Fallen Comrades”;- this is not so. 

The Veterans Salute to their “Fallen Comrades” originated in London on Armistice Day in 1920, during the ceremony to unveil and dedicate the Cenotaph in Whitehall at the same time a funeral procession accompanying the remains of the “Unknown Soldier” halted at the Cenotaph during the ceremony before proceeding to Westminster Abbey for internment. Those present included the senior Soldier, sailor and many Victoria Cross winners. The ceremony concluded with a march past. The Regimental Sergeant Major of the Guard Regiment conducting the ceremony, faced with a gathering of highly decorated and high ranking military men (including many Victoria Cross winners), all wearing rows of medals, decreed that all would salute the Cenotaph as they marched past by placing their hand over their medals, signifying that “No matter what honours we may have been awarded they are nothing compared with the honour due to those who paid the supreme sacrifice”. 

 
 

The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Collect


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