GIS – Dignitaries and national organizations in Saint Lucia are gearing up to observe Veterans Week and Remembrance Day 2014 with a variety of activities meant to honor members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty.
The Saint Lucia Branch of the British Commonwealth Ex Service League began the observance on Sunday, Oct. 23 by lighting candles at the Choc Cemetery war graves.
During Veterans Week several address will be made: one by the patron of Saint Lucia’s Ex Service League, Governor-General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy; another will be given by the Poppy Appeal Chairman Mrs. Adeline Auguste; and an address is expected from the President of the Saint Lucia Ex Service Legion, Mr. Cyril Haynes.
Members of the Ex Service League are also scheduled to visit the sick and shut in.
On Friday Nov. 7, a parade and wreath laying will take place at the Vieux Fort Square followed by wreath-laying, on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Soufriere, DuBoulay, and Gros Islet Memorial sites. On Sunday, Nov. 9, the week will culminate with a parade at the Derek Walcott Square followed by wreath laying at George V Park and at the Choc Cemetery war graves.
Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day, has been observed by Commonwealth countries since World War I. The day is a memorial to members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty.
Remembrance Day is observed on Nov. 11, to signify the end of hostilities on that day in 1918. According to history, fighting formally ceased at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918.