The wreath laying ceremony was held on Monday 2nd May, 2011, which was celebrated as Labour Day in St. Kitts & Nevis.
This year, however, the opportunity was provided to selected grandchildren and children of the fallen leaders, including Their Excellencies Sir Robert L. Bradshaw, Sir C.A Paul Southwell and Sir Joseph N. France.
Eight-year-old Araminta Bradshaw-Williams and seven-year-old Carla Bradshaw-Williams laid the wreath on the grave of their grandfather, Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, while 13-year-old Phoenix Southwell laid the wreath on the grave of his grandfather, Sir C. A. Paul Southwell.
The adult daughter of Sir Joseph N. France, Ms. Prudence France, did the honours by placing the wreath of her late father, who served for decades as the fist Secretary General of the St. Kitts & Nevis Trades & labour Union.
Also at the Springfield Cemetery, where the ceremony was held, current Labour leaders paid tribute to the sterling contribution and legacy of those who laid the foundation for the social, political and economic development of St. Kitts and Nevis, said a Government release.
Among them was the President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union, Mr. Clifford Thomas and General Secretary of the Union, Mr. Batumba Tak.
They were joined by Government leaders such as Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Political Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Sam Condor and Chairman of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Dr. Timothy Harris.
While speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Douglas said, “We believe that they – the daughters of the late Isis Bradshaw – are old enough to begin to appreciate the tremendous work and accomplishment of their grandfather and we are very honoured that they are with us for the first time in their lives and I hope it starts a tradition that we see them every year.”
Douglas described Bradshaw as a Labour leader in the region who understood the workings of the Labour Movement generally throughout the World and made a very tangible contribution; he was also a Political Leader who rose from obscurity to hold the highest political office in St. Kitts and Nevis first as Chief Minister and then as First Premier and rose to international prominence.
The St. Kitts & Nevis leader said that “We remember him for laying the foundation – the economic, social and political foundation that St. Kitts and Nevis has advanced to today and so we will remember him not only today but also in the hearts and lives of the ordinary people of St. Kitts and Nevis for the tremendous service that he has given to our people.”
Tributes were also paid to France, Southwell and former Premier Lee L. Moore and other former officials of the Labour union.