On 7th May 2008, the City of London thanked British troops and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, through an Appeal and a special Pageant.
Celebrating the qualities of our Servicemen and Women - their courage, modesty, toughness, and humour - City Salute was a very personal tribute organised by the men and women of the City to demonstrate their admiration for the Armed Forces.
The dramatic evening event, which was hosted by Jeremy Clarkson and televised on the BBC, saw the Band of HM Royal Marines marching through Temple Bar; a rare appearance in the City by the ceremonial troops of the Household Cavalry; a fly past and aerial display by the RAF – as well as a drill display by The Queen’s Colour Squadron; and a spectacular light show projected onto St Paul’s Cathedral.
The watching crowds heard readings from Timothy West and Ross Kemp, and were shown specially commissioned short films highlighting the courage of wounded servicemen and their families. The evening concluded with a broadside fired by HMS Belfast on the Thames to salute the group who filled the steps of St Paul’s in the final tableau – men and women of all three services, service families, and staff and patients from the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court.
You can still show your support to our servicemen and women. Simply click on the buttons on the left hand side of this page to go directly to secure donations pages for SSAFA and Help for Heroes.