Banner Oration

Oration at Banner Dedication, Banner District No.7 East Anglia, May 1st 2019 Donald Woodgate GHPAward, GCPO, PAsstGHP Banners, Flags, Ensigns and Standards are devices which are very ancient indeed. Functionally the terms are nearly interchangeable. they were originally used in military situations as a means of identification, a rallying point, a means of organising military units. The Chinese Manchu army was organised under a hierarchical system of banners. There are Biblical references to banners amongst the ancient Israelites. In Britain and Europe armies fought under banners which would usually bear the personal arms of the leader. We are used to the cloth standard hung from a horizontal crosspiece attached to a vertical pole as is the case here. However in the past, design has varied. For instance the use of simple vertical poles surmounted by ornaments such as suns or serpents. Today broad banners carried between two poles are also common. In the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries banners were adopted for identification, solidarity and...
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