(ZIZ News) — Residents of St. Kitts and Nevis took time out on Sunday to pay tribute to nationals who fought and died in World Wars I and II.
The National Day of Remembrance was observed through a Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade at the War Memorial.
The ceremony commenced with the arrival of Prime Minister, the Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris and Governor General, His Excellency S.W. Tapley Seaton CVO, QC, JP.
Also attending the ceremony were other members of the Federal Cabinet and representatives of the Diplomatic Corps.
In presenting the “Ode to the Fallen”, Secretary of the Ex-Serviceman’s Legion, Samuel Nathan said the memories of the fallen will never die.
“70 years ago, we saw the return of those brave men who left here and went to France to stand up and defend the qualities that they knew at the time. The St. Kitts and Nevis Legion began with the return of those brave men and were the forerunners to whom this salute is intended. They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old,” he said.
Among those laying wreaths were the Governor General, Prime Minister Harris, the British Representative, the Ex-Servicemen League, the Commander of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, the Acting Commissioner of Police and representatives of various uniformed bodies.
Twenty men from St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla sacrificed their lives in the Great War of 1914-1918, while six persons sacrificed their lives in the Great War of 1939 to 1945.