Veterans from two world wars and men who lost their lives at sea were honored Sunday in the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.
The ceremony in George Town took place in front of the Cenotaph at the Elmslie Memorial United Church. Veterans and Seafarers Association members attending included those who served in World War II as well as Home Guard who performed distinctive service at home during the war.
A parade led by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Band featured detachments from the Veterans Association, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the Fire Service, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, the Girl’s Brigade, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Cadet Corps, SDA Pathfinders and the Lions Club of Grand Cayman.
Governor Helen Kilpatrick led the Bidding, reciting, “They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”
After two minutes of silence and the playing of the “Last Post,” wreaths of poppies were laid at the Cenotaph and at the Seaman’s Memorial. Governor Kilpatrick and Premier Alden McLaughlin were among those who laid wreaths.
As the ceremony came to an end, detachments marched past Cayman’s veterans, offering a salute, which was accepted by Veterans Association President Capt. Dale Banks.
The ceremony on the Brac took place at the Memorial Cenotaph on the District Administration Lawn in Stake Bay. Taking part in the honors were Speaker of the House, Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell, District Commissioner Ernie Scott, Deputy District Commissioner Mark Tibbetts and members of the Veterans and Seamen’s Society of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.