We have an opportunity on Sunday – and Monday to devote at
least a few minutes to remember our veterans who fought in various wars to
ensure freedoms throughout the world.
While the Cayman Islands has never been involved in military
combat, we do have many men in our midst who travelled to strange lands to
fight in wars in years gone by.
It is them and their experiences that we honour each
Each year the number of men who fought in far away wars to
ensure world peace dwindle; the same is true in the Cayman Islands.
If you are fortunate enough to know one of these men, listen
to their stories. Learn from their knowledge.
While Remembrance Day is acknowledged on Monday, services
and a parade will be held at 10.30am Sunday at the Elmslie Memorial Church on
the waterfront in George Town.
Many of us cannot fathom what our soldiers went through as
they looked into the face of death every day.
They found themselves on battlefields fighting enemies that
threatened peace for all of us.
They were there for many reasons, but mostly because of a
sense of duty to family, country and world.
They didn’t know if they would come home.
As you attend the parade and services, be sure to wear your
The little red flowers were made popular by John McCrae’s
poem, in Flander’s Field. It was chosen because it bloomed across some of the
worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I; their red colour appropriate
because of the bloodshed.
Your purchase of a red poppy helps our Veterans Association
care for those who served who are now most in need.
The men and women in this world who fought in wars for the
sake of our freedom should be remembered each and every day, not just on 11-11
at the 11th hour.