The Cayman Islands will join nations around the world in celebrating Remembrance Day, the annual tribute to veterans who defended their countries during times of war.
Ceremonies will take place Sunday on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.
The service in Grand Cayman will begin at 11am at Elmslie Memorial Church, in front of the Memorial Cross. The public is 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 Grand Cayman’s service will include Governor Stuart Jack, Cabinet members, members of the Legislative Assembly and clergy.
The parade will be led by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
Other organisations participating in the parade will be veterans, Girls Brigade, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Cadet Corps, the Lions Club of Grand Cayman and the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens. 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 a poem read by Capt. Dale Banks, 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 Seamen’s Memorial will follow the national anthem and march. 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 and Cardinal avenues and Edward Street.
In the event of rain, the service will be held inside Elmslie Memorial Church.
In Cayman Brac the ceremony will commence with opening remarks by Pastor Thomas French, followed by a solo by Ms Yvonne Walton. District Commissioner Kenny Ryan will then give his address.
The two-minute silence will occur between 11am and 11.02am, followed by the last post and act of worship. After an offering 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 the laying of the wreaths. The national anthem and march will mark the conclusion of Cayman Brac’s ceremony.
In the event of rain, the service will be held at Aston Rutty Centre.
Poppies are symbolic of those who have given their lives while fighting for the freedoms enjoyed today. Members of the public attending the Remembrance Day ceremonies are encouraged to wear their poppies with pride, states a GIS press release. Although they can be obtained free of charge at various locations, the public is invited to give donations to support local veterans.