‘ 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 are quoted from the citation issued by King George VI, on April 15, 1942, to honour the Maltese people who at the time, were enduring incessant bombing raids from the Axis powers.
These same words were indeed echoed in St George’s Square, Valletta on September 13 of the same year by H.E. Viscount Gort, VC., Governor and Commander-In-Chief, Malta, as he presented the medal to Chief Justice, Sir George Borg. This national honour was received on behalf of the besieged Islanders.
This year on the occasion of the 71st anniversary, the Malta Tourism Organisation will be presenting a commemorative celebration that will recall this historic episode. On Sunday, April 14, one will be able to re-live one of Malta's most glorious moments in history. This will be in the form of an audio visual narration (son et lumiere)
The ceremony starts at 19.15 hrs. Admission is free. Seating will be available only on request.