Victoria Cross recipients meet the Queen
29 October 2014
Australia’s surviving Victoria Cross recipients, together with the parents of the late Corporal Cameron Baird, VC, MG, Mr and Mrs Doug and Kaye Baird, met with Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday (London time) as part of the 28th Victoria Cross and George Cross Reunion held biennially in London.
Her Majesty The Queen hosted nine Victoria Cross and 12 George Cross recipients at Buckingham Palace, including Australian Army soldiers Corporal Mark Donaldson, VC, Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, VC, MG, and Corporal Dan Keighran, VC.
Corporal Dan Keighran, VC, attending his first reunion, said it was an inspiring experience.
“Meeting all the Victoria Cross and George Cross recipients from the different Commonwealth countries has been a rewarding experience,” Corporal Keighran said.
“The Queen was interested in listening to our individual stories about what we did to earn the honour and also how these actions have affected us since.
“It has also been a great opportunity to make some new mates and to reflect on my time in Afghanistan.”
Mr Doug and Mrs Kaye Baird, parents of the late Corporal Cameron Baird, VC, MG, also attended their first reunion on behalf of their son Cameron.
“This has been a wonderful and very moving experience for us both,” Mr Doug Baird said.
“I’m sure Cameron would have been thrilled to be able to make this journey for himself.
“Although our son is not here and that makes this experience quite difficult, we are so enormously proud of Cameron and honoured to represent him at the Reunion.”
Other Australians attending the 28th Victoria Cross and George Cross Reunion include former Army soldier Mr Keith Payne VC, OAM, Victoria Police officer Mr Michael Pratt, GC, and Lady Joan Cutler, widow of Sir Roden Cutler, VC, AK, KCMG, KCVO, CBE.
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