Remembrance Day observances held today

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Nassau Christian Academy Grade 2 student Atiba Collie pins the first Poppy on the Governor-General, His Excellency Arthur D Hanna during Remembrance Day observances at Government House.

Nassau, The Bahamas – Remembrance Day will be observed is being observed today. Two services will be held to mark this occasion in commemoration of those who have died in wars.

Members of various organizations including the Bahamas Red Cross Society, the Royal Bahamas Police Force Cadets, the Scouts Association of the Bahamas, the Girls’ Brigade and their bands, along with uniformed branches of the Government including the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are expected to attend the services.

The first service was held at 11am at Christ Church Cathedral, which was followed by a service at the Cenotaph in the Garden of Remembrance, at 12:15 pm.

Dignitaries attended include the Governor-General His Excellency Arthur D Hanna, Prime Minister the Rt Hon Hubert Ingraham, Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett, Speaker of Parliament Alvin Smith, President of the Senate Lyn Holowesko, members of the Cabinet, members of the Judiciary and Government officials.

Following the church service the organizations and their bands marched to the Garden of Remembrance, Parliament Street, for a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Cenotaph.

The service was led by Rev Patrick Paul, President of The Bahamas Christian Council. Other representatives of the religious community participating in the service are Bishop Laish Boyd, of the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands; Rev Matthias Munroe, chaplain of the Bahamas Branch of the British Legion; Dr Leonard Johnson, president of the Bahamas Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist; and Bishop Elgarnet Rahming, National Overseer of the Church of God of Prophecy.

Among those laying wreaths were the Governor-General, the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice, Speaker of Parliament, President of the Senate, the Bahamas Branch of the Royal British Legion, the Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Air Force, members of the Diplomatic Corps and international organizations, members of the Honorary Consular Corps, local organizations, lodges and service groups.

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Also on hand at Government House last week were former servicemen from The Bahamas. Pictured from left are Charles Fisher, Percy Strachan, Governor-General Hanna, Miss Collie, Ormand Poitier, and Rev Matthias Munroe.