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Milestone 2,500th Honor Guard by GSDF 302nd MP Company

2,500th Honor Guard (2nd March, 2015)
2,500th Honor Guard (2nd March, 2015)

The GSDF 302nd MP Company achieved the milestone 2,500th honor guard when they honored the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces on March 2nd, 2015.

Its first honor guard was on October 1st in 1957, when the MP Company practiced the ceremony for then Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, at the occasion of the Troop Review, in front of Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery in Tokyo. On October 4th, 1957, Jawaharlal Nehru received a guard of honor for the first time as a guest of nation. Thereafter, they have performed the honor guard on numerous occasions including the Rites of an Imperial Funeral in February 1989, Enthronement Ceremony in November 1990, and the Kyushu-Okinawa Summit in July 2000.

The guard of honor is commonly practiced in each country based on the international protocol. In Japan, it is generally performed at venues such as Imperial Palace, State Guest Houses, Prime Minister’s Office, Haneda Airport, and the Ministry of Defense. The guard of honor shows respect to prominent dignitaries on behalf of the MOD/SDF members as well as all the Japanese people. The GSDF 302nd MP Company fulfills its duty of paramount importance to this day.

1st Honor Guard (1st October, 1957)
1st Honor Guard (1st October, 1957)
1st Honor Guard to a Guest of Nation (4th October, 1957)
1st Honor Guard to a Guest of Nation (4th October, 1957)
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