The ceremonial "Changing of the Guard" was an integral part of Sierra Leone's way of life when it was a British colony.
The ceremonial "Changing of the Guard" was an integral part of Sierra Leone's way of life when it was a British colony. The ceremony, a copy of the one usually associated with Buckingham Palace, took place on the first Saturday of every month. The Governor-General took the salute as the Queen's representative.
Now, the ceremony has been revived. Since the country is a Republic, the Presidential Guard of Army officers and men will be on duty at the State House.
Like the old colonial ceremony, the Guard will be formally changed on the first Saturday of each month. The first ceremony took place on Saturday (6 October) with President Siaka Stevens taking the salutes.
SYNOPSIS: For the first time since Independence, the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown has seen a traditional "Changing of the Guard" ceremony. Taking the salute at Saturday's parade at the State House was President Siaka Stevens. When Sierra Leone was a British colony, the ceremony took month. The Governor-General took the salute as the representative of the British Crown.
The ceremony, which is usually associated with Buckingham Palace, has been adapted for Sierra Leone's Presidential Guard, drawn from the nation's army.
From now on, as in colonial days, the guard will be changed on the first Saturday of each month. Sierra Leone's Vice President and Government ministers were also on hand to watch Saturday's parade in Freetown.