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Road Closures – starting at Noon
No Parking Old Hope Road from Matilda’s Corner Seymour Avenue Roosevelt Avenue Arthur Wint Drive Tom Redcam Avenue Marescaux Road Television Coverage The funeral service and the interment ceremony will be broadcast live on CVM, TVJ and PBCJ television stations and RJR 94 FM and Hot 102 FM. Church Service Musical Tributes start at 12:00 noon. Funeral service at 1:00 pm. Musical Tributes by: The Jamaican Folk Singers conducted by Marilyn McDonald- Nevers The University Singers conducted by Noel Dexter Arrival Time Members of the public will be admitted for limited seating in the Church Hall starting at 11:30 a.m. Parking Parking for the public will be on Hopefield Avenue on the grounds of Campion High School or the Deep Dean premises. Funeral Procession Following the service, the body of Lady Bustamante will take the following route to the National Heroes Circle: Old Hope Road East to Stanton Terrace, South to Herb McKenley Boulevard ( Roosevelt Avenue ), West to Arthur Wint Drive . Medical staff of the Bustamante Hospital for Children will line the route approaching the hospital; South to Tom Redcam Drive, West to Caledonia Avenue, South to Marescaux Road ; Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and other uniformed groups including the cadets, Boys Scouts; Girl Guides will line the route approaching the National Heroes Park East National Heroes Circle to South National Heroes Circle , into the National Heroes Park . Jamaica Constabulary Force Escort services for the procession will be provided by the following divisions of the JCF under the command of Deputy Superintendent of police, Dean Johnson: . Motorized Patrol. Mobile Reserve . Mounted Troops (riders on horseback). Band. Motorised Traffic Section (motorbikes with riders in red vests)
Flying of Flags
The Jamaican National Flag may be flown on 8 August, prior to the end of the burial ceremony ONLY at what is known as “half mast”. This is NOT halfway up the flagstaff and a special flag raising procedure is required. The flag shall first be raised fully and then lowered to the half mast position; also at the end of the period of mourning it should be raised again to the top of the flagstaff before later being lowered as usual at sunset.
What is the half mast position?
The military and classic “half mast” is (as near as can be judged by the observer on the ground) one width of the flag below the top of the flagstaff. Also, for civilian half mast, especially from very high flagstaffs, it is equally acceptable for the flag to be positioned two-thirds of the way up the staff but, as indicated in the previous paragraph, never halfway up the flagstaff.
It should also be noted that the National Flag may be half mast only on a directive from the Office of the Prime Minister, never at the whim of an individual citizen.
In the event of rain, the National Flag should be lowered and never left hanging wet and limp on the flagstaff, even on a day of mourning. OTHER FLAGS
When the Jamaican National flag is at half mast it is not acceptable to similarly half mast the national flags of other countries unless their governments, through their diplomatic missions at Kingston , have indicated that this should be done. Therefore, in the absence of such permission, it is recommended that foreign national flags should not be flown at all at Jamaican establishments during an official period of mourning.
Local flags, such as what are termed “house flags”, e.g. university, company and school flags, should be flown in accordance with the procedure for the National Flag, or not flown at all during the official period of mourning. OBSERVANCES AT EVENTS
It is understood that the funeral is happening during the Independence festive season. Promoters of dances and parties and also sporting events such as horseracing and other activities that are flamboyant and noisy in nature can observe the National Day of Mourning by holding a moment of silence at the start of the event. The moment of silence should be preceded and ended with an announcer making an appropriate statement.
Radio and television stations should air programmes to enhance the solemnity of the Day of National Mourning.

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