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Residents of Portland joined with the rest of Jamaica to pay tribute to the soldiers who fought in both World Wars, at the annual Remembrance Day Service, held in Port Antonio on Sunday, November 12.
The function, which was organized by the Portland Parish Council, was attended by Custos of Portland, Hon. Roy Thompson; Mayor of Port Antonio, Councillor Benny White, and Councillor Dexter Rowland, representing Member of Parliament for Eastern Portland, Dr. Donald Rhodd.
Uniformed groups on parade included the Police, Cadets and the Jamaica Fire Brigade.
Two minutes of silence were observed in respect of the soldiers who lost their lives in the wars during the service, which was highlighted by the laying of wreaths by civic and political leaders in the parish, and the parade by the uniformed groups.
In delivering the sermon, Revered Nathaniel Thompson of the Port Antonio Church of God of Prophecy, spoke of the example set by those who fought in the wars and urged the population to emulate their actions by working to ensure that the freedom they fought to preserve is maintained.
He pointed out that the world today was benefiting from the sacrifices made by the servicemen in whose honour the function was being held.
Rev. Thompson said the development of a more caring society and the engendering of love toward their fellowmen, were two of the best ways in which the Jamaican people could show appreciation for the enormous service they had rendered to humanity.