This Sunday the Cayman Islands will again join nations around the world in the annual tribute to those who defended their countries during times of war.
Ceremonies honouring veterans, including those who sacrificed their lives, will take place on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac in the annual Remembrance Day services.
The service in Grand Cayman will begin at 10:57am at the Elmslie Memorial Church, in front of the Memorial Cross. Members of the public are asked to assemble no later than 10:30am.
The service in Cayman Brac will be held in front of the War Memorial in Stake Bay, beginning at 10:30am.
Participants in the service will include Acting Governor Mr. George McCarthy, who will be joined by other Cabinet and Legislative Assembly Members and civil servants, and a representation of local clergy.
The parade will be led by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Other organisations participating in the parade will be the Veterans, Girls Brigade, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Cadet Corps, the Lions Club of Grand Cayman and of Tropical Gardens. The Veterans Association members will collect an offering during the service.
The ceremony begins with the Royal Salute followed by the Bidding and a two-minute Silence. After the sounding of the Last Post and poem read by Captain Dale Ebanks, the laying of wreaths at the Memorial Cross will take place. The Act of Worship and Reveille will follow. The laying of wreaths at the Seamans’ Memorial will follow the National Anthem and March Past. This will conclude Grand Cayman’s ceremony, at approximately 11:30am.
Harbour Drive will be closed for the duration of the service. Roads on the parade route will remain open but traffic will be stopped at road junctions to allow the marchers safe passage. Affected roads will be Elgin Avenue, Edward Street and Cardinal Avenue.
In the event of rain, the service will be held inside Elmslie Memorial Church.
Poppies are symbolic of those who have given their lives in fighting for the freedoms enjoyed today. Members of the public attending the Remembrance Day ceremonies are encouraged to wear their Poppies with pride. They can be purchased in various locations and a donation is discretionary.