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Honouring Memories and Deeds

Nickerson Godfrey pays homage to seamen.

Although the spectre of war remains a reality on most continents, scores of residents gathered to pay tribute to the fallen during the annual Remembrance Day ceremony on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac on Sunday, 14 November.

This November event, observed in many countries, honours those lost in conflicts since, and including, World War I.

Remembrance Day reminds the world of the sorrows caused by war.

During the waterfront service in Grand Cayman, poppy wreaths were laid at the cenotaph outside Elmslie Memorial Church by, among others, Deputy Governor, the Hon. Donovan Ebanks, MBE; Acting Premier, the Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly; Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Kurt Tibbetts, MBE; President of the Cayman Islands Veterans Association, Capt. Dale Banks; and Police Commissioner David Baines.

Acting Premier, the Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, lays a wreath at the Elmslie Memorial Church cenotaph during the Grand Cayman Remembrance Day ceremony.

Paying homage to the Islands' seafaring heritage, officials also placed wreaths for lost sailors at the Seamen's Memorial.

Nickerson Godfrey pays homage to seamen.

Grand Cayman's programme also included the National Anthem, a Royal Salute, two minutes' silence, prayers, and a bugler's sounding of the Last Post and Reveille. Capt. Banks read the poem In Flanders Fields, which is where red poppy flowers came to symbolise casualties of war. Poppies are now used to remember fallen soldiers.

Capt. Dale Banks and other members of the Cayman Islands Veterans Association.

On Cayman Brac veterans and their families observed a similar ceremony on Sunday, gathering to lay wreaths to the fallen, and to offer prayers.

Hundreds of men from the Cayman Islands enlisted and served during World War II, with some being killed or captured during the conflict.

While they served around the world, most Caymanian servicemen were stationed in the southern Caribbean. This area was vitally important to the British war effort, because of the Trinidadian oil that fuelled and lubricated Royal Navy and Allied ships, aircraft, tanks and other war machinery.

Consequently, convoys of Allied ships and tankers that sailed from Trinidad were targeted by German submarines. Cayman-built wooden minesweepers also aided the war effort.

(GIS)

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