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Keeping tradition, anonymous donor marks Seven Years' War with bouquet of red roses

The six red roses were delivered anonymously to the British Consulate-General in Chicago today.

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A bouquet of six red roses was delivered anonymously to the British Consulate-General in Chicago this weekend, in keeping with an annual tradition started in 1967.

The roses are delivered every August 1st in commemoration of Minden Day, which marks the 1759 Battle of Minden in which an allied Anglo-German army defeated the French during the Seven Years’ War.

The card accompanying the roses lists the British Army regiments involved in the Battle and contains the following message:

“They advance through rose gardens to the battleground and decorated their tricorne hats and grenadier caps with the emblem of England. These regiments celebrate Minden Day still, and all wear roses in their caps on this anniversary in memory of their ancestors

The Consulate-General has requested the name of the sender to extend thanks, but the identity of the donor still remains a mystery.

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Published 5 August 2010