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Flowers for the Fallen

From left)   Cayman Islands Veterans Association President, Capt. Dale Banks;  
Mrs. Marie-Beatrice Taylor; His Excellency the Governor Mr. Duncan Taylor CBE; Miss Teen Cayman Islands Leanne Ritch, and CIVA Executive Committee member Graham Walker.

Marking next month's local Remembrance Day observance the first two poppies were this week presented to His Excellency the Governor Mr. Duncan Taylor CBE and Mrs. Marie-Beatrice Taylor.

Miss Teen Cayman Islands Leanne Ritch was on hand to do the honours at the Government House ceremony. Also present were Cayman Islands Veterans Association (CIVA) president Capt. Dale Banks and Executive Committee member Graham Walker.

Some 75 veterans from various countries reside in Cayman.

This is the only CIVA fundraising initiative. Poppies are offered in return for donations and as of this week are available to the public at supermarkets, the Government Administration Building (Glass House) and other venues.

All funds raised from the sale of poppies remain in the Cayman Islands. The proceeds assist veterans and their widows with such things as travel expenses for medical treatment, essential home repairs, mobility aids, hearing aids, security alarms and funeral expenses.

Persons seeking poppies for businesses or other groups should contact the CIVA secretariat at 949-8268.

Capt. Banks thanked the Royal British Legion and the Royal Canadian Legion for their annual donation of 20,000 poppies to Cayman's veterans, as they have for years past.

November's ceremonial observance with two minutes of silence, in Cayman and in most of the free world, marks the end of World War I in 1918 when an armistice came into effect at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

However, this occasion also honours the men and women who have served in all wars.

Capt. Banks, whose military career spanned 30 years, said, "An estimated two-thirds of Cayman's adult male population saw active service during World War II, which ended 65 years ago. We especially remember and honour the many Caymanians who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free."

The public is encouraged to honour Remembrance Day by attending the parade and ceremony, as well as the laying of wreaths at the Cenotaph and at the Seamen's Memorial on Sunday, 14 November at 10:45 a.m.

Residents, from schoolchildren to adults, are also encouraged to never forget the sacrifices made and the destruction of war. Some 62 million people died during World War II, approximately 25 million of whom were in the military, while 37 million were civilians. Many of the deaths resulted from acts of genocide.


For further information contact: Lennon Christian