Re­mem­brance Sun­day cer­e­mony causes traf­fic night­mare

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony at the war memo­rial in Flo­ri­ana and con­cur­rent road works yes­ter­day cre­ated an almighty traf­fic jam stretch­ing back to Msida, mo­torists said.

St Anne Street was closed for the cer­e­mony, with traf­fic di­rected to Sar­ria but on reach­ing the area of the In­de­pen­dence mon­u­ment, traf­fic was di­rected back to Msida via po­lice head­quar­ters - it could not turn to the right be­cause of the cer­e­mony and it could not turn left to­wards the Ex­cel­sior Ho­tel be­cause of road works.

Even ac­cess to the MCP car park was closed.

Traf­fic to­wards Val­letta on Sun­day morn­ing is usu­ally thin, but the al­ways pop­u­lar book fair was cur­rently be­ing held at the Mediter­ranean Con­fer­ence Cen­tre.

Mean­while in his homily at the Mass pre­ced­ing the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony, ad­dress­ing the mem­bers of the armed forces, Arch­bishop Charles Sci­cluna said that on Re­mem­brance Sun­day we ful­fill our duty to re­mem­ber all those who died serv­ing our coun­try in times of con­flict, all those who gave their lives in or­der that we may en­joy peace and se­cu­rity.

The af­fir­ma­tion of peace is not an easy task, es­pe­cially due to the fact that war hard­ens the hearts of men and in­creases vi­o­lence and ha­tred.

John XXIII in “Pacem in ter­ris” (1963), en­dorsed the four pil­lars of peace in so­cial life: Truth, Jus­tice, Char­ity and Free­dom.

The first pil­lar is truth. It en­cour­ages you to ac­knowl­edge each and ev­ery one’s rights and duty as cit­i­zens of the Repub­lic, in­clud­ing the rights and du­ties of your own men and women mem­bers of the Armed Forces. This re­quires in the lead­er­ship of the Army a strong sense of the State at the ser­vice of the com­mon good.

The sec­ond pil­lar is jus­tice. Lead­er­ship and ser­vice based on jus­tice means that peo­ple “re­spect the rights of oth­ers and do their duty.” If you ac­knowl­edge rights and du­ties you are more able to re­spect the fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights of cit­i­zens, more able do your duty un­der the rule of law.

The third pil­lar is char­ity (love). I en­cour­age you to pro­mote an en­vi­ron­ment of char­ity among all ranks, avoid­ing cruel gos­sip that poi­sons your morale, striv­ing to cher­ish the gifts that each and ev­ery­one of you brings to the Armed Forces. In the name of the peo­ple of our fair is­lands, I would like to thank you for your heroic work in civil pro­tec­tion, and for the part you play in hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions in the Mediter­ranean. This is in­deed a gen­er­ous wit­ness to char­ity that is wor­thy of our praise and ad­mi­ra­tion.

The fourth pil­lar is free­dom. The question of free­dom in the con­text of any army sub­ject to mil­i­tary dis­ci­pline is in­deed a del­i­cate one. My prayer is that the lead­er­ship and the ranks will never be faced with the tragic choice be­tween the call of duty and the de­mands of con­science. As to the re­la­tion­ship of the Armed Forces to us, or­di­nary cit­i­zens of the Repub­lic, my prayer is that you will never be called by the pow­ers that be to deny our free­doms by force or un­just vi­o­lence. May we al­ways find in you the keep­ers of our se­cu­rity, the de­fend­ers of our free­doms.

Photos: Jonathan Borg

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malta

© PressReader. All rights reserved.