Association President

MESSAGE OF THE ASSOCIATION'S PRESIDENT - FOR THE MEMBERS ATTENDING THE THE NATIONAL AGM AND REUNION OCTOBER 2019



As I have just finished editing a graphic story about the saga of Operation Pedestal, my thoughts could not help going back to the words of my first predecessor, as President of the George Cross Island Association, Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin, a junior gunnery officer on HMS Ashanti in 1942. 

In the splendid video production "CONVOY", he said that had OHIO and the remnants of that convoy failed to get through to Malta it would have been anybody's guess how the war in the Mediterranean - and indeed the whole course of the war -  would have ended.

Indeed, it was this supreme effort by the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy which perhaps, more than any other salient event of the siege of Malta, inspired the founders of the George Cross Island Association to set up this body.
It is heartening to know that today an albeit small band of ladies and gentlemen  are still gathered here to perpetuate that glorious memory and to pay tribute to the sacrifice born by the defenders of Malta on land, at sea and in the air as well as the suffering of the Maltese endured with determination and courage.

As a Maltese, I am humbled by your steadfastness in continuing with your activities despite the long passage of time and the remoteness of that little group of islands far away from your home country.

May your enduring spirit guide you in today's meeting and in piloting the affairs of the GCIA for many more years to come in the propagation of our mission to future generations. 



Joseph Galea Debono.
PRESIDENT,
GEORGE CROSS ISLAND ASSOCIATION. 


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