St Cather­ine hon­ours war veter­ans

Jamaica Gleaner - - MATIONAL RAOD SAFETY COUNCIL'S - Ruddy Mathi­son Gleaner Writer

SPAN­ISH TOWN, St Cather­ine: THE ST Cather­ine Joint Civic Af­fairs Com­mit­tee on Sun­day hon­oured veter­ans of two world wars in a re­mem­brance day cer­e­mony held at the Ceno­taph, Span­ish Town, St Cather­ine.

The high­light of the cer­e­mony was the lay­ing of wreaths in hon­our of those who lost their lives dur­ing the wars. Ninety-twoyear-old Ruben O’Con­ner, the old­est vet­eran in the par­ish, laid a wreath in hon­our of his fallen com­rades.

He told Ru­ral Xpress that his job, along with oth­ers sol­diers, was to guard the is­land home.

“I did not see any form of com­bat. I was re­cruited to guard Ja­maica. It was a test­ing time be­cause we didn’t know if we would have to fight,” he re­vealed.

“Any­way, with the train­ing we got from the Bri­tish, we were ready to de­fend Ja­maica,” he con­tin­ued.

O’Con­ner said he is wor­ried about the vi­o­lence in Ja­maica, which he thinks can be halted.

“What I think is that the ones who are car­ry­ing out the vi­o­lence are fol­low­ing one an­other. If Span­ish Town start shoot­ing, then Mon­tego Bay fol­low. I re­ally think the au­thor­i­ties can clamp down on them,” he said.

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