The service of remembrance was hosted at the War Memorial located at Fortlands Basseterre, starting at 8:00am, when the firing of a gun signalled a period of silence, followed by the firing of a second gun to end the observation.
The sacrifice made by the men was perhaps best summed up in the words expressed during the Lat Post, “They shall not grow old, as we that are left, grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”
In honour of the memory of the fallen soldiers, wreaths were laid by the Deputy Governor General, Prime Minister, President of the Ex-Servicemen’s Legion, Commander of the Defence Force, the Commissioner of Police and representatives of other organizations, including the Nurses and Red Cross, which would have played significant roles in providing care and support to the troops during the wars in question.
Six persons were listed as fallen soldiers in the Great War of 1939-45; while 20 are listed from the Great War of 1914-1918.
Over the years, the pool of those who also fought and survived the Second World War has been dwindling as the nation mourns the death of these great men who have since died. It was only just a few weeks ago, the country recorded the death of two more of these heroes of the 1939-45 war. They were former Police Chief and Senior Magistrate, Mr. John Lynch Wade and Mr. Campbell Evelyn, who died three days ago.
On parade on Sunday to help paid tribute to those who gave their lives, were contingents from the Defence Force, Police Force, Cadet Corps, Fire Services, and a number of other unarmed units.