Jamaica Pays Tribute To Soldiers On November 8

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  • Jamaica will pay tribute to soldiers, who fought in the two World Wars, on Remembrance Day on Sunday, November 8.
  • Activities for the day include a memorial service, which will be held at the Garrison Chapel, Up Park Camp, starting at 10:00 a.m.
  • A two-minute silence will also be observed at 11:00 a.m. in memory of servicemen and servicewomen, who died while on the battlefield.

Jamaica will pay tribute to soldiers, who fought in the two World Wars, on Remembrance Day on Sunday, November 8.

Activities for the day include a memorial service, which will be held at the Garrison Chapel, Up Park Camp, starting at 10:00 a.m.

A wreath laying ceremony will take place at National Heroes Park at 10:20 a.m. with Governor-General, His Excellency, The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, heading the list of dignitaries, who will lay floral arrangements in memory of the soldiers.

A two-minute silence will also be observed at 11:00 a.m. in memory of servicemen and servicewomen, who died while on the battlefield.

Other Remembrance Day services will be organised by various parish custodes. Curator for the Jamaica Military Museum and Library located at Up Park Camp, Captain Staci-Marie Dehaney, told JIS News that this year’s observance “is especially important” as it marks the Centenary anniversary of the establishment of the British West Indies Regiment.

More than 16,000 Caribbean nationals fought in the first World War under the British West Indies Regiment, which was a unit of the British Army.

“This is especially important to us as a Caribbean people and in particular Jamaica, because Jamaicans were in the majority with over 10,000 (soldiers),” Captain Dehaney said.

As part of the Centenary anniversary, an exhibition titled ‘Remembering the Pioneers’ will be mounted at the Military Museum.

It will be open to the public as of Sunday, November 8, but the official opening will take place on Wednesday, November 11 at 3:00 p.m.

Remembrance Day for military persons is observed internationally, although the date and name of the day varies across countries.

World War 1 occurred from 1914-1918, while World War II was from 1940-1945.

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