The Head of State was joined on Sunday, (14th November), by top government leaders, including Acting Prime Minister, Mr. Sam Connor, members of Cabinet, diplomats, the clergy and members of the Ex-Servicemen Legion, for what has become an annual pilgrimage, in solidarity and praise, to honour the sacrifice made by our fallen citizens.
The military parade which got started at 8:00am and ran until 8:45am was punctuated by religious presentations by leaders of the St. Kitts Christian Council and Evangelical Association, while tributes were offered by senior figures in the Ex Servicemen Legion.
Governor General Sebastian and Acting Head of Government, Deputy Prime Minister, Sam Condor paid their respects to the War Dead and in so doing laid wreaths at the foot of the impressive stone structure, that comprises the monument of remembrance, at the War Memorial, located at Fortlands, overlooking the Basseterre Roadstead.
“Having remembered those brave men who fought so gallantly for their country, by the laying of wreaths we now remember them before God, by their names”, said one church leader. In so doing the names of the fallen soldiers were read.
Those who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-1918, were: Joseph Cephus, James Daniel, Arthur Dickenson, Donald Edwards MC, H. D. Edwards DSO, John Foreman, Edmund Gordon, H. Herbert Jones, James L. E. R. Lake, Joseph Lewis, Joseph McKoy, Edwards Mills, Hubert Mitchell, Donald Price, Edward Hope Ross, Horace Veira, Ivor Wakefield, William C Wattley, Richard White and Robert Woolward.
And those who gave their lives in the Great War of 1939-1945, were: J. E. Alves DFM, Peter Berkley, Sydney Delisle, A.E. Farara, G. G. H. Farara DFC DFM, and Basil Veira DFC.
Wreaths were also laid by a representative of the British Government, Ex-Servicemen Legion, the Commander of the Defence Force, the Commissioner of Police, Fire Chief and representatives from other uniformed bodies, such as the Nurse, Red Cross, St. John’s Ambulance Brigade and others.
The colourful display of the military presentation had the involvement of contingents from the Defence Force, Coast Guard, Police, Cadet Corps, Fire & Rescue Services, Boys Brigade, Pathfinders, Scouts, accompanied by the Defence Force Band.