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Jamaica Pays Tribute to Veterans on Remembrance Day

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#Kingston, Jamaica, November 14, 2022 – The sacrifices of veterans of World Wars I and II were recognised on Friday (November 11) at a National Memorial Service to mark Remembrance Day 2022.

Held at National Heroes Park in Kingston, the commemoration included a parade by uniformed groups and sentries, and the laying of floral tributes in memory of those who died in the wars while serving the country.

The ceremony began with meditation led by officiating Minister, Chairman of the Jamaica Umbrella Groups of Churches and Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kingston, His Grace the Most Rev. Kenneth Richards, followed by the observance of a two-minute silence at precisely 11:00 a.m.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, is the exact time when the fighting ceased in 1918 during World War I and has universally become associated with the remembrance of those who died in the war.

The National Memorial Service featured the customary laying of wreaths by the nation’s leaders, led by Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen.

He was followed by Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Robert Morgan, representing Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; Member of Parliament for Kingston East and Port Royal, Phillip Paulwell, representing Leader of the Opposition, Mark Golding; Justice Lorna Shelly-Williams, representing Chief Justice, Hon. Bryan Sykes and representatives of the Chief of Defence Staff,  Commissioner of Police, and the Mayor of Kingston.

Also laying floral tributes were Dean of the Consular Corps, Commissioner of Corrections, Deputy Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, President of the Royal Air Forces Association Jamaica (580) Branch, Chairman of the Jamaica Legion, and representatives of St. John Ambulance Brigade and the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force.

An official inspection of the ex-service members and the contingent of the Jamaica Legion and the Royal Air Forces Association Jamaica (580) Branch was also carried out by the Governor General.

Retired Warrant Officer, Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Collin Petgrave, who spoke to JIS News about the significance of the event, said: “To come and remember those persons who gave their lives for their nation is really an honour. What they did for us is the reason why we turn out and remember them on this occasion.”

Former JDF Captain, Clifton Conroy Lumsden, pointed out that “If the men and women from Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean did not go to the United Kingdom (UK) under very difficult circumstances, on boats across the Atlantic to assist with staving off the attacks from the Germans, then today, we would either be speaking German or wouldn’t be standing here”.

“And for that sacrifice, that those men and women made for us in those World Wars, we are eternally indebted,” he added.

Remembrance Day is an opportunity to recognise soldiers who fought bravely alongside servicemen from other countries during the two most noted global conflicts of all time – World War I (1914 to 1918) and World War II (1939 to 1945).

 

Contact: Mickella Anderson

Release: JIS

 

Dave Reid photos

Photo Captions: 

Header: Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right), inspects ex-service members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), during the National Memorial Service to mark Remembrance Day, held on Friday (November 11), at the National Heroes Park in Kingston.

1st insert: Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left), makes his way to lay a wreath in honour of those who died in the World Wars while serving the country. Occasion was the National Memorial Service to mark Remembrance Day, at the National Heroes Park in Kingston on Friday (November 11).

2nd insert: Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with Responsibility for Information, Hon. Robert Morgan, representing Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, participates in the wreath-laying during the National Memorial Service to mark Remembrance Day, at National Heroes Park in Kingston on Friday (November.11).

3rd insert: Wife of the Governor General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen (centre), is being pinned with a poppy by army veteran, Peter Williams (right), while Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with Responsibility for Information, Hon. Robert Morgan, looks on. Occasion was the National Memorial Service to mark Remembrance Day, held at National Heroes Park in Kingston on Friday (November 11).

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Calls made for reparations tribunal

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Rashaed Esson

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Barbados ambassador to the Caribbean Community, David Comissiong, reportedly called for an international tribunal to seek reparations for the transatlantic slave trade that had milions of Africans forcibly sold into slavery. He was speaking at the third session of the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent (PFPAD) in Geneva, Switzerland on April 17, and he expressed that this is needed as there is currently no international court, to deal with the issues of reparations and that having a tribunal would require positive decision by the UN General Assembly.

In support for Reparatory justice, UN Secretary Antonio Guterres in a video message, addressed the forum while acknowledging that racism is still a major issue today’s society

Comissiong’s view was also supported by other nations at the meeting.

 

 

 

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St Vincent and the Grenadines Cruise Industry Development Efforts

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Rashaed Esson

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St Vincent and the Grenadines is working to expand its cruise tourism industry, joining the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), as a 2024 Destination Development Strategic Partner, as announced at the Seatrade Cruise Global Conference in Miami on April 10.

Minister of Tourism Carlos James, at the Conference, spoke on the significance of the partnership.

“It’s a significant strategic move in terms of working closely with the FCCA, to leverage a lot of the support that they can offer to our island. In fact, some of the reviews that we just had from this recent discussion here at Seatrade, are really valuable about how we can go back home to St Vincent and the Grenadines and further develop our product. It puts us closer with the cruise lines, it puts us closer with a lot of the service providers within the industry,” he maintained.

 

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Jamaica and Bahamas teams named for World Relays

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Rashaed Esson

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The World Relay Championships is coming up and The Bahamas has named its team of 28 members called team 242, according to reports. Jamaica has also named its team of 31. The relays will be held in Nassau, Bahamas at the Thomas Robinson Stadium from May 4 to 5 and about 450 athletes from 36 national teams are expected to compete.

 

 

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