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Remembrance Day 2018: Jamaica


Things come to your notice in a variety of ways, some of them unexpected. I was reminded of the Remembrance Day ceremony at National Heroes Park by a Ministry of National Security tweet on Friday.MNS tweet re JDF Remembrance Day rehersal - 9-11-18

Today being the hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day and never having been before, I decided to go to the memorial ceremony. There was adequate parking at National Heroes Park, and as I walked inside the entrance, I was encouraged to make a donation to the Annual Poppy Appeal, which I did.IMG_20181111_194635_resized_20181111_074759473 - Remembrance Day 2018 poppies

While I was waiting for the ceremony to begin, I saw a gentleman walking around with poppies and heard him telling someone at the end of the row I was sitting in that he was 85 and that people called him the Poppy Man. I intended to speak with him at the end of the ceremony to ask his name, but unfortunately I didn’t see him later.Remembrance Day 2018 ceremony

The National Memorial Service was scheduled to start at 10:55am, with the official arrivals beginning earlier.


(This is a link to a copy of the full programme for the Remembrance Day 2018 service.)



Time, like an ever rolling stream,

Bears all its sons away

– O God, our help in ages past – Opening Hymn

Period of Silence & The Last Post


(The period of silence commences and ends with a one-gun Salute. The Last Post is sounded by the JDF buglers.)

The Exhortation was read by Mr Gerald Manhertz, who I was told after the ceremony is 90-years-old and is one of the few living Jamaicans to have served in World War II.Remembrance Day 2018 f

Remembrance Day 2018 - The Exhortation

The National Anthem was sung before the Wreath Laying Ceremony.Remembrance Day 2018 - Jamaican flag

Justice, Truth be ours forever,

Jamaica, Land we love.

– National Anthem

Wreath Laying Ceremony

His Excellency The Governor General Greets the War Veterans on Parade

Once the ceremony ended, there were the official departures…

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…after which people milled around, talking and taking photographs….Remembrance Day 2018 p

I am glad that I attended the Memorial Service today. Acts of remembering are important to a society. P1340943 Remembrance Day 2018



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7 thoughts on “Remembrance Day 2018: Jamaica

  1. I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
    Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
    The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
    That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
    The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
    The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

    I pledge my heart forever
    To serve with humble pride
    This shining homeland, ever
    So long as earth abide.
    I pledge my heart, this island
    As God and faith shall live
    My work, my strength, my love and
    My loyalty to give.
    O green isle of the Indies,
    Jamaica, strong and free,
    Our vows and loyal promises
    O heartland, ’tis to Thee.

    Thanks for remembering and for reminding us…

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  2. Reblogged this on Petchary's Blog and commented:
    Yesterday I spent a lot of time thinking about my ancestors who served in one or both world wars – especially my grandfather, who served in both. My thoughts were disturbed by the U.S. President’s disgraceful behaviour on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. What a rotten character he is. I now wish we had joined this observance of Remembrance Day at National Heroes’ Park in Kingston. But thank you so much for capturing the moment, Susan!

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  3. You are so right about the importance of remembering to society. Alas, it’s something society seems to continually forget. A very nice description and photos of an important ceremony.

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