This full toast to fallen comrades, including a separate place setting, is not a long standing Canadian Army tradition. The toast is “To our brothers in the sand”. The toast, using two bottle of 1945 Calvados Brandy, were transported across the country as a family member, Col. (United States Marine Corps ret.) Traditionally, the first toast is offered by the host as a welcome to guests. curobj.q.value="site:"+domainroot+" "+curobj.qfront.value It is a fantastic way to say goodbye (or see you later) as people move away or take on the next big thing, too. (ret.) Ralph Jenkins and Maj. The veteran first shows respect to those around him or her, then to their fallen comrades, … Thank you Vaughn Barry Photography for sharing this image with us. google_ad_height = 600; The exact wording varies from unit to unit, but in the half dozen (or more) military balls I’ve attended, the following words, coupled with the visual, never fail to deeply touch my heart. Let us thank God for watching over Canada and us and allowing us to enjoy the freedoms we experience every day. document.write(' 1996 - '); The fluorescent lights, white walls, drinking fountains and lunch tables make me feel like I am sitting in my high school's cafeteria. We toast our faithful comrades Now fallen from the sky. The pact left the last two surviving members of that unit sharing a final toast of Brandy in support of their fallen comrades occurred April 7, in Seattle, Washington, and Lompoc, California, when Col. fallen comrade ceremony script updated: 4/29/2007, 10:27:05 pm page 1 of 3 1820-1830: fallen comrade ceremony master of ceremonies: ladies and gentlemen, while we are honored to have so many of you present tonight; we would be remiss if we did not Theater . After the last toast, coffee and/or liqueurs and or This could take various forms including a toast, or a moment’s silence, or a small ceremony in front of a place setting with an empty chair, etc. document.write ('