Day Two of the State Funeral for the late Dr Dame Minita Gordon began this morning in downtown Belize City. Over thirty military men and women lined the area as the coffin was escorted to its destination. For the details here is the News Director Renee Trujillo.
Renee Trujillo, Love News: For four hours today the body of the late Dr.Dame Minita Gordon lay in state at the hall of what was once Belize’s Government House of Regent Street in the old capital. A military procession began at around 8:40 this morning from in fronrt of the Mule Park on Albert Street where Dr.Dame Minita Gordan was escorted with full military honors. Despite the heavy downpour the soldiers carried on with the drills and the state funeral protocols to the House Of Culture. Once safely installed in the state dining room by the military’s bearer party a brief prayer service ensued.
“Oh God of grace and glory we remember before you this day our sister Dame Minita. We thank you for giving her to us, her family and friends to know and love the companion on our earthly pilgrimage. In your boundless compassion console us who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth and by your call we are reunited with those who have gone before oh Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Renee Trujillo, Love News: As the body lay in state invited guests began filing in led by the Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner. Among the guests who came were the President of the Senate Carolyn Trench Sadiford, Speaker of the House Valerie Woods, Minister of Human Development Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Area Representative Tracey Panton, Senator Shaena Pitts among other government officials and invited guests.
Carolyn Trench Sandiford, President of the Senate: “Her time as our Governor General was certainly one that was stellar in terms of the work that she did and the precedent that she set. She had not template so certainly she was a trail blazer but I think women in particular and young girls I see they can see her as an inspiration, a role model, someone who came from very humble beginnings but someone who made it to the highest level of office that of the Governor General, Head of State.”
Tracey Panton, Area Representative, Albert Division: ” I remember I was certainly touched by her quiet dignity, her integrity and just her grace in which she served the country and so I feel very honor and privileged to pay my final respects.”
Hon. Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Minister of Human Development: “Apart from being well educated and an educator herself I found Dame Minita to be so quiet in her dignity.”
Senator Sheena Pitts: “The greatest takeaway of her legacy is the fact that she was present and involved at a time when the super structures dictated that it was men governed a young nation and so the greatest takeaway, the greatest impact of her life is her existence being in the role she occupied at the time she did so.”
Pastor Suzette Massiah: “She is very private, she is modest and she’s a very articulate woman.”
Renee Trujillo, Love News: Chief mourner for Dr.Dame Minita Gordon is her sibling Kelorah Franklin. Franklin arrived at the state dining room to pay her respects.
Kelorah Franklin, Sister and Chief Mourner: “My family would have been proud and my brother and I we represent the family and we’re proud and I was reminiscing about the things I heard she did in Belize and some of the things I participated in for example when the Queen visited Belize in 1985 I flew to Belize and participated in all the activities. I just felt thankful to God and thrilled that someone who was my sister had given so much of herself first to God, family and the country. She was with me for the last four years of her life and I heard her pray for the children of Belize. I would hear her saying “God please bless the children of Belize. God please bless Belize.” not just one time but over and over.”
Renee Trujillo, Love News: At two o’clock this afternoon the body was returned to Coye’s Funeral home on the George Price Highway. Wednesday is the final day of the three day state funeral. Events begin at a quarter past nine in the morning.
Tomorrow is the final day of the State Funeral where Dr Dame Minita will be laid to rest at the Lord Ridge Cemetery. It is to be noted that the Government of Belize has given a half day off to public officers to allow them time to view the State Funeral. Television, radio and internet coverage can be accessed on Love TV, Love FM and our Facebook Page starting at 8:30 in the morning.