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Cayman set to honour veterans

| 07/11/2017 | 0 Comments
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George Town Primary School students lay wreaths at last year’s Remembrance Sunday

(CNS Local Life): On Sunday, 12 November 2017 the Cayman Islands will join nations around the world to pay tribute to those veterans who defended their countries during times of war. The annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony will honour all veterans, including those who sacrificed their lives, to serve their country. In Grand Cayman, residents are invited to attend the 10:45am ceremony at the Cenotaph outside Elmslie Memorial Church in George Town, and asked to assemble no later than 10:30am.

Participants will include Cayman’s veterans and seafarers, as well as church representatives and people who will pay their respects by laying wreaths at the Cenotaph (Memorial Cross) and the Seamen’s Memorial.

Those attending the ceremony will include Governor Helen Kilpatrick, Premier Alden McLaughlin, Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush, members of the Cayman Islands Veterans Association, members of the Cayman Seafarers Association, and members of the clergy across the Cayman Islands.

The parade will start the event, led by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Band. Other contingents taking part will be the Cayman Islands Veterans Association, the Fire Service, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, Girls Brigade, the Scouts, Cadet Corps, the Seventh Day Pathfinders, the Lions Club of Grand Cayman, and the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens.

The ceremony will begin with the Royal Salute followed by the Bidding, and a two-minute silence. After the sounding of the Last Post, the laying of wreaths at the Memorial Cross will take place in memory of veterans, and then at the Seamen’s Memorial in memory of seafarers lost at sea. Veterans Association members will collect an offering during the service.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place inside Elmslie Memorial Church.

Cayman Brac’s Remembrance Sunday Service will run simultaneously to Grand Cayman’s. The ceremony will be held at the District Administration lawn in front of the Cenotaph in Stake Bay at 10:45am, with the public asked to assemble no later than 10:30am.

Participants in the Cayman Brac ceremony will include members of the Veterans and Seamen’s Society of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell, Minister for Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture & Lands Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, District Commissioner Ernie Scott, Deputy District Commissioner Mark Tibbetts Jr, and representatives from the Cayman Islands Police Service and Fire Service of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

The ceremony will begin with the singing of the National Anthem followed by the inspection of the guard of honour, opening remarks by Pastor Audley Scott of Hillside Chapel, the Lord’s Prayer read by Pastor David Woods and an address by the District Commissioner.

The two-minute silence will occur at 11am followed by the Last Post, a musical item by the Primary Schools Combined Choir and the Act of Worship.

After an offertory is taken by members of the Veterans and Seamen’s Society of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, there will be the recognition of veterans and a reading of the names of the veterans on the Cenotaph before the laying of the wreaths.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at the Aston Rutty Civic Centre.

For more information or to request to lay a wreath at Grand Cayman’s Remembrance Sunday ceremony, call (244-3612) or email Chief of Protocol Meloney Syms. For details on the Brac ceremony, call District Administration at 244-4413

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