Home Guard takes centre stage of Remembrance

| 22/10/2014

(CNS): Those who served in the Cayman Islands Home Guard will be the focus of this year’s Remembrance Sunday Parade and Ceremony which is scheduled for Sunday, 9 November, at 10.45am, on Harbour Drive in front of Elmslie Memorial Church. Each year Remembrance Day honours the military heroes lost during World Wars I and II, as well as all mariners lost at sea during the long maritime history of the Cayman Islands. This year also marked the centenary of the start of WWI, the conflict which triggered the annual remembrance ceremony that now encompasses all those who lost their lives in wars and serving their country.

Officials said that the The general public should assemble by 10:30am on the day of the ceremony in Grand Cayman and over on Cayman Brac the Remembrance Day Service there will run simultaneously in front of the Cenotaph in Stake Bay.

Governor Helen Kilpatrick, Premier Alden McLaughlin, and the opposition leader, McKeeva Bush will lay wreaths at the Cenotaph and the Seamen’s Memorial, in George Town while Speaker Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, and Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell will lay wreaths on Cayman Brac.

Religious organisations and the general public are also invited to lay wreaths at the foot of the Cenotaph, in honour of local veterans, and at the foot of the Seaman’s Memorial in memory of our Seafarers. Members of the public, who wish to lay wreaths, should contact Meloney Syms at the Protocol Office, at 244-3612, or email protocol@gov.ky

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I wonder how many people appreciate the founders of our financial and dive industries were members of the Home Guard?

    Thank you Sir Vassel Johnson and Mr Bob Soto. We need more like them!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Excellent news!  Those men who served in the Home Guard have earned our respect.

    Wouldn't it be nice if a wreath were to be placed at Fort George, where the Home Guard actually operated?

    Wouldn’t it be most appropriate if Fort George were included in the “official” celebrations?

    I respect monuments and they role they play, but I respect the real places like Fort George, even more.

    What do you all think?

    • Anonymous says:

      But 17:43, how much better if Fort George was still actually there but remember, it was personally bulldozed down by our great National Hero, -you know, the one whose statue is there opposite the LA Building.

  3. Anonymous says:

    If we want to build a proper future, we have to remember the struggles of the past. And learn from them.