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Major General Edward Braddock
General in Chief of His Majesty's Forces in North America

Gen. Braddock


Remarks by Col. Patrick Reese Davis

for the Commemoration at Braddock's Grave

July 17, 2005


    "My name is Colonel Patrick Reese Davis, Countess Mountbatten's own Frontiersmen, Legion of Horse. Col. Patrick Reese DavisOn behalf of Her majesty the Queen, the Patron of our regiment, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, my immediate Commanding Officer, Major General Anthony Reed, and the citizens of the Commonwealth, I wish you welcome. Very briefly I wish to offer a quote from one of my favorite Englishmen, and a former member of my regiment, Sir Winston Churchill, when he said, "Americans always do the right thing, after they have exhausted every other possible alternative." This example of an early alternative, by English ancestors, and modern events demonstrate the tenacity of American's to endure and most importantly 'do the right thing'."

    Col. Davis then continued with a letter from an officer of the Royal Anglican Regiment which is descended from the 44th and 48th Regiments of Foot that fought under General Braddock at the Battle of the Monongahela on July 9, 1755.

    "Dear Colonel,

    "I believe you are commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Monongahela River this weekend. On behalf of the Commanding Officer and all Ranks of the 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment, descendants of the 44th and 48th of Foot, could you please pass on the following message:

    "It is an immense privilege to be asked on behalf of the 44th of Foot, the Essex Regiment and the 48th of Foot, the Northampton Regiment, now amalgamated into the Royal Anglian Regiment, to take part in an occasion such as this.

    "It is extremely heartening to know that in this constantly changing and dangerous world there are still people of sufficient good heart who stand to remember and pay respects to the courage and fortitude of soldiers of times past.

    "In 1755 British soldiers were fighting alongside the legendary George Washington and his Americans against a common enemy. Today, literally, as you gather to remember the fallen, the boys of the English County Regiments are once more standing along side their American counter parts in IRAQ. The successors of the 44th of Foot and the 48th of Foot and the US Forces are standing side by side against adversity in the Brotherhood of Arms.

    "On behalf of the 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment, the "Vikings", we would like to send sincere best wishes to all gathered today at the Braddock Memorial. We hope you have a splendid day and would be most sincerely grateful if you would, on are behalf, pay our most genuine respects to the gallant fallen of the Battle of Monongahela River."

"T. Jones, Captain
Royal Anglican Regiment
Saturday, June 25, 2005"

Col. Davis reading letter

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