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Remembering Our Veterans

Member of Veterans Association lays wreath at Cenotaph.

All celebrations fell silent precisely at 11 a.m. for two minutes at todayís (Sunday, 9 November) Remembrance Sunday Parade and Ceremony. The annual event commemorates fallen veterans and seafarers around the world and locally.

As a part of this yearís theme on both Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, those who served in the Cayman Islands Division of the Jamaica Home Guard from 1942-45 during World War II were specially recognised.

The Home Guards were invaluable participants in a significant chapter in Caymanís war efforts when live action during World War II arrived off Caymanís shores. The locals who had formed the Home Guard had helped defend the islands by maintaining a vigil around the clock, 365 days a year, at six posts around Grand Cayman. They looked out for enemy shipping in the surrounding waters, to pass on the warning to a resident US Navy Base in central George Town.

Veterans who are still alive today include Mr. Robert Soto, Cert. Hon., Mr. Edison Yates, Mr. Norlan Smith, Mr. Clifton Bodden, Mr. Harry Carter and Mr. Arlie Pars.

Ceremonies took place simultaneously on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac starting at 10:45 a.m.

Held at Elmslie Memorial Church in front of the Cenotaph, the Grand Cayman ceremony began with a parade led by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service band and officers. Other contingents were members of the Veterans Association; the Fire and Prison Services; Girlsí Brigade; Scouts; Cadet Corps; the Lions Club of Grand Cayman and the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens.

Persons from various churches throughout the island also took part in the ceremony. These were Rev. Dr. Dave Hazle, Pastor Husam Rochez, Bishop Nicholas Sykes, CMH, Pastor Ellen Peguero and Ms Audrey Leahong.

On Cayman Brac, a similar ceremony took place at the Memorial Cenotaph on the District Administration Lawn in Stake Bay. Partakers included from Speaker of the House, Hon. Julianna OíConnor-Conolly, Deputy Premier Hon. Moses Kirkconnell, District Commissioner, Mr. Ernie Scott, and Deputy District Commissioner, Mr. Mark Tibbetts, Pastor Courtney Morrison, Pastor Joel Scott Snr., contingents from several uniformed organisations as well as members of the Veteransí and Seamenís Society of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

Both ceremonies included the sounding of the Last Post and the laying of wreaths at the cenotaphs and also at Grand Caymanís Seamenís Memorial.

Remembrance Sunday Parade and Ceremony is organised by the Protocol Office each year. For more information, please contact Protocol Coordinator Meloney Syms at meloney.syms@gov.ky.

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For further information contact: Yvette Cacho




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