Military tradition under fire

I’ve read in several British and Scottish news outlets lately that historic regimental names are at risk of being done away with. From the BBC:

MoD to ‘protect’ regiment names: The Ministry of Defence says it is seeking to preserve the regimental cap badges of Scotland’s historic army regiments.

I am very much an advocate for worthy traditions, and having served in the military, it would be a shame for any nation to strip its services of historic institutions and emblems. This is akin to telling the 1st Infantry Division that they can’t be the “Big Red One” anymore. I doubt that US military advocates would stand for this, and I hope that our UK counterparts will likewise stand for the Black Watch and protect their military heritage.

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