Saturday, 17 March 2012
Malta George Cross Celebrations - 70th Anniversary Celebrations
On 15 April 2012 Malta will be celebrating the award of the George Cross as a result of the heroism and devotion of the island to the cause. The Government will be running numerous events around the island to enable the people of Malta & Gozo to celebrate in style and remember a proud moment in Malta's history. We will post more on the planned events shortly so keep an eye on this blog. Here is a little history about Malta and the George Cross.
15th April 1942, King George VI announced to the nation of Malta the award of the George Cross to the nation. His words were: "To honour the brave people I award the George Cross to the Island Fortress of Malta to bear witness to a heroism and devotion that will long be famous in history."
These words were heard on the 15th of April of this year in a re-enactment organised by the Malta Tourism Authority to commemorate the 66th anniversary since this bestowment of the George Cross in St. George's Square.
The event covered the years from the 10th June 1939 till 13th September 1932. The introduction was given by Guzè Aquilina's poem Malta Invicta which is an attribute to the first years of the war. An account of the salient periods of the war was given while sound effects helped create an ambience of the era.
The culmination of the activity was the handing of the George Cross by Lord Gort, Governor of Malta to Chief Justice George Borg which took place on Sunday 13th September 1942. The original toga that was worn by the Chief Justice was loaned by the family for yesterday's one-off commemorative and symbolic re-enactment that depicted one of the most memorable and triumphant moments in wartime Malta.
The George Cross was later accompanied to the Palace Armoury for display to the public.