Charles salutes war medal winners

Prince Charles attended a service to honour war heroes yesterday (09.09.08).

The royal, along with wife Camilla, met with Victoria and George Cross holders at a church ceremony held at London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields. He later held a reception for the military veterans at St James’ Palace.

Rev Dr David Coulter, who is also principal of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, told the congregation: “The men and women of the George Cross and
Victoria Cross Association are indeed a rare breed.

“It could be described as an elite club where only the bravest of braves are allowed to enter.

“Today, we salute you all and, in so doing, give thanks to almighty God for men and women of valour and for all members past and present.”

Among those present were Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry who is still be treated for injuries he sustained in 2004.

Bomb disposal expert and George Cross holder Major Peter Norton spoke the Act of Remembrance.

He was awarded the medal after he lost a leg in a blast near Baghdad in July 2005, and later part of an arm when he went to investigate an area where it was suspected explosives were being hidden.

While injured, the army officer instructed his team on where they could move. Another bomb was found just 10 metres away and was made safe.