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Soldiers who died in both World Wars, were honoured in St. Mary on November 9, at the annual Remembrance Day Service and wreath laying ceremony, held in Port Maria.
The service was held at the Port Maria Anglican Church, while the wreath laying took place at the Cenotaph, situated in the Claude Stewart Park, which is adjacent to the church.
Uniformed groups on parade for the occasion included the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the Jamaica Fire Brigade and Cadets, accompanied by the Prospect Marching Band.
Delivering the sermon at the service, Elder Vincent Mason, of the Port Maria Gospel Chapel, paid tribute to the soldiers who fought in both World Wars, emphasising that they made the ultimate sacrifice in order to ensure the freedom that people the world over now enjoy.
Elder Mason exhorted the congregation to live justly before God and emulate the lives of the soldiers, in order to create the basis for the existence of a peaceful world, and love and respect among nations and peoples.
He noted that as a people, “we are privileged to be identified with the memory of such brave and honourable people as those who died in the wars.”
Elder Mason urged the nation to turn to God for guidance, as only he could enable the country to successfully confront the many challenges it faces.
At the Cenotaph, wreaths were laid by Custos of St. Mary, Hon. A. A. Bobby Pottinger; Mayor of Port Maria, Councillor Richard Creary, and representatives of organisations in the parish.