Remembrance Day or as some may know it, Veterans Day, is being celebrated today in memory of World War 1 when fighting ceased when an resolution, or temporary end of warfare, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of the war to end all wars. Many Belizeans may not know that twenty three veterans are buried in the Lord Ridge Cemetery. Bernard Adolphus a member of the Ex-Service men League spoke about why Belizeans should keep celebrating Remembrance Day.
“The reason why it was been named as remembrance is because the blood that was lost not only in England and Australia but throughout the Commonwealth Belize was also in there heavily. We sent about 1,000 men from Belize to participate in that war and it’s not only fighting. Yes we did have some men that were involved in the fighting but the majority of them were pilots, some of them were ammunition workers, some of them worked in the forestry unit to help the crown in bushing trees so that they could use the trees to prop shafts because those were expensive things in those days and its still expensive but Belize was involved heavily. We celebrate it every year so that we don’t forget. We must never forget the sacrifice.”
One of the symbols used for remembering veterans, is the small red flower called Poppy, which is always seen used by other in the form of a pin. Adolphus gave us a short history of why the poppy flower is used up to this day.
“A captain who while he was in the field he saw his friends and buddy die and poppies grow all over and as a result the idea of the poppy came to mind and as a result poppies have been made ever since then and utilized throughout the Commonwealth as a symbolic reason for remembering our people. The red itself represents the blood that was lost and in some cases we find the black in it is the earth as it may be and that is what is behind that.
Twenty three Belizeans veterans are buried in the Lord Ridge Cemetery while, over thirty more are buried in London, Egypt, Bagdad and Germany.