When Buckingham Palace Played The Star Spangled Banner

This past week has provided an opportunity to reflect upon those things in our lives that matter the most, those whom we love and care for dearly.

On September 8, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away after more than 70 years on the throne. On Sunday September 11, we all silently paused what we were doing to commemorate 21 years since thousands of lives in America were lost in the horrors of 9/11.

While these two historical milestones are very different in many ways, there is a convergence of the two events that warrants our thoughtful and perhaps private consideration.

Be it in the loss of Her Majesty, or the thousands who tragically perished in NY and Washington in 2001, our collective hearts broke in thinking about the loved ones left behind. Spouses, children, and grandchildren left in sorrow remembering those whom they loved so dearly. Cherishing the memories of lives lived and lost.

More than grieving, however, their passing allows us to consider and reconsider why we weep for the loss of such extraordinary people. It is their selflessness, their consideration, their caring and their courage. We see in them the time-honoured measure of humankind – mettle, strength, and compassion. They are an example of what we endeavour to be as human beings and as citizens.

Her Majesty lead Canada and the Commonwealth from an era of Empire and colonialism to a brotherhood of equal nations. Free people of all races, creeds and religions from around the globe.

Whether firefighters or police officers, so many heroes lost their lives ascending darkened staircases on 9/11. Incredible men and women saving their fellow citizens at a time of unimaginable peril.

Coincidentally, on September 13, 2001, it was Queen Elizabeth herself who ordered the Coldstream Guards, the oldest continuously serving regular regiment in the British Army, to play the Star-Spangled Banner during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. An unprecedented act of thoughtfulness and respect between nations. A gesture of humanity and kindness at one of the darkest moments in recent history.

Read more:  After Sept. 11, Queen Elizabeth Ordered Up ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’

Honour, Service, Dignity, Humility.
God Bless America
May Her Majesty Rest In Peace 
God Save the King

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