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AFM to troop the Presidential Colour for Republic Day

Photo: Justin Gatt, AFM

Photo: Justin Gatt, AFM

The Armed Forces will commemmorate Republic Day on Wednesday trooping the Presidential Colour.

The parade, organised by the National Festivities Committee within Festivals Malta will start at 10am following a band march parade that will leave Freedom Square towards St George’s Square at 9.30am

‘Trooping the Presidential Colour’ dates back to the times when the regiment’s colours provided a rallying point on the battlefield.

Without modern means of communication, it was all too easy for troops to become disoriented and separated from their unit during conflict. For troops to know what their regiment’s colours looked like, these were displayed regularly. 

This was done by marching the colours along the lines of troops in slow time with the aim to impress it upon the soldiers’ memories. 

The Presidential Colour was presented to the Armed Forces by the President in 2014. It symbolises the Armed Forces' loyalty and devotion to the head of state and the people of Malta.

The National Festivities Committee is also organising a programme of band marches in Valletta.

On Tuesday, Birkirkara's Duke of Connaught’s Own Band will play a band march, starting from Freedom Square at 6pm. On Wednesday, the Soċjetà Filarmonika La Valette (Valletta) will perform another band march starting from Freedom Square at 4.30pm.

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