Friday, May 22, 2009

Beating Retreat

For the first time in many years a Beating Retreat was held at Basman parade ground. What fun and what memories it brings back! Firstly the Desert Police came on and did a silent march, then the band of REME from UK and lastly, bursting on to the parade ground with a loud blast, the Jordanian Armed Forces massed bands. You could just see the Jordanians bursting with pride at being able to parade in front of their king. This was a British - Jordanian tribute to King Abdullah on his tenth anniversary.

The first Beating Retreat I attended was on November 14, 1966 the day after my husband was shot down and killed by the Israelis in air combat. His Majesty King Hussein insisted I attended the parade which was held in honour of President Ayub Khan of Pakistan who was visiting the country.

These parades are just wonderful and I wish we had more of them. T

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We, who aren't associated with the military, do not know about these traditions in Jordan or England for that matter. Thanks for sharing this occasion with us in your lovely posting.

Saturday, May 23, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a true patriot of both countries - able to enjoy and feel pride even when the first occasion was experienced at a very sad time in your life. Glad you were there and thought to share with us! Umm D

Sunday, May 24, 2009  

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