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Monday, November 13, 2017
Crowds turn out at Memorial Park
Members of the T&T Regiment,
Coast Guard, Fire, Police and other
arms of security personnel turned
out in their numbers yesterday for
the National Day of Remembrance
at Memorial Park in Port-of-Spain.
Scores of people turned out to
witness the event.
The event is held annually to
honour all who served as well as,
in memory of those who fell in
World War I and World War II. A
similar ceremony was held in To-
Remembrance Day is observed
on November 11 and observed by
countries in the British Common-
Traffic near Memorial Park was
diverted for the duration of the
ceremony which was not attended
by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
The Prime Minister’s wife Sharon
Rowley was present and laid a
wreath on the cenotaph.
President Anthony Carmona was
the first to lay a wreath at 11.10 am.
Before the wreath-laying cer-
emony took place, the military
parade marched into Memorial
Park at 11 am where there was a
two-minute silence in observance
of those lost as a result of World
Wars I and II. The red poppy was
worn by all who attended the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission mission
Preserving the stories of those who served
CHARLES KONG SOO
The London-based Commonwealth
War Graves Commission says as
part of its mission it intends to give
new life to the stories of those who
served and died during the two
Peter Francis, spokesperson for
the Commission said: “One of the
things the commission is deter-
mined to do is to engage the next
generation on the importance of
ongoing remembrance and the sto-
ries of those who served.”
“Too often people forget that the
two World Wars were global wars
and the contribution and sacrifice
made by the men and women of
the Caribbean must also be remem-
“We have just launched a Foun-
dation to encourage the public to
find and tell the stories of those
who served, to put a human face
to the names engraved on our war
memorials, so that our next gen-
eration can better understand the
impact of the war on our commu-
nities,” he said.
The Commission honours the
1.7 million men and women of the
Commonwealth forces who died in
the First and Second World Wars
and ensures they will never be for-
The commission’s work com-
memorates the war dead, from
building and maintaining its ceme-
teries and memorials at 23,000 lo-
cations in more than 150 countries
to the preservation of its extensive
records and archives.
Since its establishment by Royal
Charter, the commission had con-
structed 2,500 war cemeteries and
plots, erected headstones over
graves and where the remains were
missing, inscribed the names of the
dead on permanent memorials.
More than a million burials are now
commemorated at military and
civil sites in some 150 countries.
In Trinidad, the St James Military
Cemetery, at Long Circular Road, is
maintained by the Defence Force.
The cenotaph at Memorial Park
falls within the ambit of the Port-of-
Spain City Corporation.
The late Justice Ulric Cross, who
was a Royal Air Force navigator
chose Memorial Park for his final
farewell and memorial service on
October 11, 2013, recognising that
the cenotaph and the park itself
honoured people like himself who
served and died in World Wars I
Retired Chief of Defence Staff
(CDS), Major General Rodney Smart
said since the TTDF was formed,
it was not only a tradition but the
duty of one of the officers in the De-
fence Force to be appointed Officer
in Charge (OIC) of war graves.
He said families went to the cem-
etery and lit candles for All Souls
and All Saints for the war dead.
President Anthony Carmona places a hand-band on Kemora Brace-Ngsaye
after the National Day of Remembrance ceremony held at Memorial Park,
President, Anthony Carmona places a wreath at the cenotaph
during a Remembrance Day ceremony at Memorial Park, Port-
PICTURES AYANNA KINSALE
National Security Minister Edmund Dillon places a wreath at
the cenotaph yesterday.
Sharon Rowley, the wife of Prime Minister Keith Rowley, places
a wreath at Memorial Park, Port-of-Spain yesterday.
Remembrance Sunday is observed
on the second Sunday in Novem-
ber, which is nearest to November
11 and is also known as Remem-
brance Day or Poppy Day.
Poppies are worn on the occa-
sion to honour and pay tribute
to the fallen during World Wars I
and II, respectively, from 1914 to
1918 and 1939 to 1945 and other
conflicts. During the First World
War, on the 11th hour of the 11th
day of the 11th month in 1918,
the guns of the Western Front fell
silent after more than four years of
In many parts of the world,
people observe two minutes of
silence at 11 am on November 11.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of
the 11th month marks the signing
of the Armistice, on November 11,
1918, to signal the end of World
T&T military service men and women stand at attention yesterday during the Remembrance Day ceremony at
Memorial Park, Port-of-Spain.
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