Peru Navy and Armed Forces Day ReceptionShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
There’s something about uniforms. Splendid when on mass diplay on ceremonial occasions. Not all of course and especially not those horrible memories of school tunics and nobbly knees from so long ago, but put an armada of navy uniforms from many of the defence attaches and other defence force representatives at embassies in Canberra together for a lunchtime drinks and eats to celebrate an anniversary of the Peruvian Navy and their Armed Forces and it’s quite a sight. Brass, braid and shiny shoes with medals and regalia unidentifiable to most are a detailed story of name, rank and serial number, awards and achievements.
We were at the BoatHouse gazing at a grey and uninviting lake with nary a boat nor kayak in sight talking of most things other than ships at sea but those who attend these diplomatic gatherings are among our most interesting short term residents with stories to tell, homes far away from the quiet life of Canberra but all quick to establish themselves and enjoy this quieter diplomatic life.
With toasts to the Peruvian Navy and Armed Forces for this special day the formalities were done and it was time to circulate.
They do it well and honour fine traditions of the high seas and those entrenched in their rituals. And I spend too much time deciphering the names, ranks, countries and unpronounceable name tags.