It was on this day in 1856 that Queen Victoria established the Victoria Cross - the highest award that a British or commonwealth serviceman can receive.
It is awarded for most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.
In the years that Victoria Crosses have been available, an average of about 9 are awarded each year, though 24 were awarded in a single day for bravery in the relief of Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny (1857).
Tonight why not mix a Victorian Lemonade, and drink to Victoria Cross recipients and their heroism.
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