Colonel In Chief, The Parachute Regiment Presents Service Medals
Paratroopers have been praised for their “selfless service and commitment” on the frontline in Afghanistan by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
Prince Charles, who is Colonel in Chief, The Parachute Regiment, and The Duchess of Cornwall presented Operational Service Medals to soldiers from 2nd, 3rd and 4th Battalions of The Parachute Regiment who have recently returned from a six month deployment to Helmand Province.
Some 600 soldiers who had completed their first tour received their medals at a parade at Colchester’s Merville Barracks on 16th June 2011 with Their Royal Highnesses presenting medals to around 120 soldiers each.
Prince Charles said: “Once again, the Parachute Regiment has excelled in the dangerous and demanding environment of Afghanistan, and you have given hope to local people.
“These achievements have come at a terrible cost and as you stand here it is only right that we pay tribute to the friends and colleagues who didn’t make it home. To the wounded, your courage and determination to overcome your injuries is utterly humbling.
“The selfless service and commitment you have all given is unwavering and this country owes you all a very special debt of gratitude.”
After the medal parade, Their Royal Highnesses presented Elizabeth Crosses and Memorial Scrolls to the families of 21 Paratroopers killed in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan and met the families of soldiers killed and wounded on the recent tour.