Veterans’ sacrifices honored

Remembrance Day ceremony a tribute to the fallen

Veterans of the military and armed forces were remembered for their service and sacrifices in war and at sea, during the annual Remembrance Day ceremony Sunday. 

This year, as in years past, the ceremony at the Cenotaph at Elmslie Memorial Church in George Town included a formal parade, wreath-laying and observing two minutes of silence. 

The Cayman Islands Veterans Association, founded in 1979, was later admitted to the British Commonwealth Ex-Services League, as it was known at the time. Capt. Dale Banks is president of the Cayman association, which each year joins the worldwide poppy appeal. Earlier this month, members of the organization pinned the first poppy from its annual fundraising campaign on Governor Helen Kilpatrick. The poppy is symbolic of the veterans’ colleagues who died in war. 

Donations, including those from the poppies, defray the costs of health care and other expenses for members of the association and their widows. 

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