Vets honoured to be on parade
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