In a poignant tribute to the rich heritage of the UK’s longest-serving private security organisation, Corps Security, the Corps Veterans Association (CVA) recently unveiled its own Standard in a solemn dedication ceremony at the company’s head office in London.
Launched in 2022 to provide a supportive community for the company’s veteran workforce – Corps operates as a ‘Social Enterprise’ (a form of community interest company) – the CVA serves as a testament to the military roots and social mission that have permeated the organisation since its inception 164 years ago as the Corps of Commissionaires following its establishment by Captain Sir Edward Walter.
Presided over by The Reverend Nicholas Pnematicatos MA BA(hons) DipMin RN RAF (Retired), the Dedication Ceremony adhered to military traditions. Joining Reverend Pnematicatos were notable figures including Mike Bluestone, President of the CVA, Nigel Horne, Chair of the association, Mike Bullock, CEO of Corps Security, and Tom Scott, the Standard Bearer for the occasion.
The launch of the CVA serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of the Corps of Commissionaires and our commitment as a Social Enterprise.
Reflecting on the significance of the ceremony, Mike Bluestone, President of the Corps Veterans Association, remarked, “The launch of the CVA serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of the Corps of Commissionaires and our commitment as a Social Enterprise.
“Through charitable endeavours and by harnessing the passion and camaraderie of our colleagues who have served in HM Forces, including our Reservists who continue to serve, the CVA adds contemporary weight to our rich heritage.
“It is only fitting that the CVA has its own Standard, and we are proud to formally dedicate it today. In Father Nick, a former Military Padre who has faithfully served in both the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, we have found the perfect clergy member to officiate this momentous occasion.”
The Corps Veterans Association is dedicated to maintaining strong ties with the military. This commitment entails participating in events that celebrate the valour of our armed forces, attending national and local remembrance services, and actively engaging in fundraising activities. Moreover, the association provides a close-knit community for veterans and reservists within Corps Security. With time, the CVA aims to extend its membership to former Corps colleagues and veterans from all corners of the United Kingdom.