Vets hon­oured to be on pa­rade

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THE RE­MEM­BRANCE DAY cer­e­mony is al­most 100 years old, but it will never grow old as the sons and daugh­ters of many are saluted an­nu­ally for mak­ing the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice in the two world wars and other con­flicts.

Lo­cal and for­eign dig­ni­taries as­sem­bled in Na­tional He­roes Square, The City, yes­ter­day morn­ing to lay wreaths at the foot of The Ceno­taph to mark the event.

A pe­riod of si­lence also char­ac­terised the oc­ca­sion as scores of Bar­ba­di­ans and a few vis­i­tors joined Act­ing Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Sir Philip Greaves, Prime Min­is­ter Fre­un­del Stu­art, Op­po­si­tion Leader Mia Mot­t­ley, Chief Jus­tice Sir Marston Gib­son and Chief of Staff of the Bar­ba­dos De­fence Force, Lieu­tenant Colonel Glyne Gran­num.

As usual, the pre­ci­sion of de­tach­ments from the Bar­ba­dos De­fence Force, the for­mer ser­vice­men of the Bar­ba­dos Le­gion, the Royal Bar­ba­dos Po­lice Force, the Bar­ba­dos Cadet Corps and the St John Am­bu­lance As­so­ci­a­tion was on point.

Thirty-nine mem­bers of the Bar­ba­dos Le­gion were on pa­rade, the el­dest be­ing Ken­neth May­ers, who is on the verge of his 80th birth­day.

Mark Bovell, who joined the army on Septem­ber 5, 1981, and re­tired five years ago, said he felt proud and hon­oured to be part of the pa­rade.

“I feel even bet­ter than be­fore,” he said, adding he joined the Le­gion as soon as he re­tired at the rank of staff sergeant,” he said.

“To be here to hon­our the ones who would have passed on, who would have set the pace and laid the bedrock for us to be here to­day is im­por­tant.”

Mary Walker, in the army from 1987 un­til 1999, re­turned in 2008 as a cadet of­fi­cer, sec­ond lieu­tenant.

“It brings back

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