‘ 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'.
This proclamation was issued by King George VI, on 15 April, 1942, to honour the people of Malta. The honour bestowed was a sign of appreciation by the British Monarchy for the bravery and tenacity that was being shown by the Maltese people during the darkest moments of the war
The actual George Cross medal was brought over to Malta by Lord Viscount Gort, VC., who had just been appointed and sent to Malta as Governor and Commander-In-Chief. It was presented to the people of Malta during a ceremony that was held on 13 September in St George's Square, Valletta. Chief Justice Sir George Borg received the medal on behalf of the Maltese nation.
On the occasion of the 72nd anniversary, the Malta Tourism Authority will be presenting a commemorative celebration that will recall this historic episode. On Sunday, April 13. The programme will start with the marching in of the Armed Forces of Malta Band who will be carrying the George Cross medal inside the President's Palace and will then present a musical marching display. The Malta Police Band will follow with their own marching display inside St George's Square. Then it will be the turn of the Malta Police Silent Drill Squad. There will be followed by a 15 minute film that will recount the war time events that led to the George Cross award ceremony. Following a staged musical programme featuring tunes from the Second World War period will be held by the Paul Abela Band in St George's Square, Valletta.
Admission is free, however seating will be available only if pre-booked.
The programme consists of : A display by the ARMED FORCES OF MALTA BAND.
A display by the MALTA POLICE SILENT DRILL SQUAD
A display by the MALTA POLICE BAND
A 15 minute FEATURE FILM that will recount the WAR TIME EVENTS IN MALTA.
A CONCERT featuring PRE-WAR and WAR TUNES by the PAUL ABELA BIG BAND.
Programme finishes at 9.15 pm.
Venue : St George's Square - Valletta
Starting : 19.15 - ending 21.00 hrs.
For further information please call 356 22915440/1