Soldiers of Wars to be Remembered Nov. 13

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  • On Remembrance Sunday, which is being observed on November 13, Jamaica will join the rest of the world in recognising the sacrifices of those who fought in World Wars 1 and II.
  • Members of the public are being encouraged to participate in this year’s functions, including a National Memorial Church Service at Garrison Church of the Ascension, Up Park Camp, in Kingston, at 10:00 a.m., while a Parade will be held at National Heroes Park in Kingston, starting at 10:20 a.m.
  • The National Heroes Park celebrations will include uniformed groups parade and the laying of wreaths in memory of those who died in the war while serving the country.

On Remembrance Sunday, which is being observed on November 13, Jamaica will join the rest of the world in recognising the sacrifices of  those who fought in World Wars 1 and II.

World War 1 occurred between 1914-1919, while World War 11 lasted from  1939 to  1945.

About 4,000 to 5,000 Jamaicans were involved in the wars. Many Jamaicans served in the Royal Air Force, while others joined the ground forces of the British army and the Canadian forces.

Members of the public are being encouraged to participate in this year’s functions,  including  a National Memorial Church Service at Garrison Church of the Ascension, Up Park Camp, in Kingston, at 10:00 a.m., while a Parade will be held at National Heroes Park in Kingston, starting at 10:20 a.m.

Slated to be in attendance are: Their Excellencies Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen, Government and Commonwealth Officials, members of  the  diplomatic corps,  Chairman of the Jamaica Legion and representatives of St. John Ambulance and the Royal Air Force.

The National Heroes Park celebrations will include uniformed groups parade and the laying of  wreaths in memory of those who died in the war while serving the country.

In an interview with JIS News, Sub Lieutenant Aaron Gabriel said the day is important as it pays homage to Jamaicans who served during the wars.

“Tens of thousands of Caribbean persons volunteered and served during the Great Wars,” he said.

Remembrance Sunday is also the final day of the poppy wearing season which runs from the first Sunday in October to the second Sunday in November.

 

“Usually, people wear an artificial version of the flower to commemorate our war veterans, as it has become a symbol that represents the soldiers who lost their lives during the Great Wars,” he said.

Remembrance Sunday ceremonies are held at war memorials, monuments and churches throughout the Commonwealth.

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