Yesterday an official ceremony was held in honor of war veterans in Belize. Veterans Day is a celebration in honor of Veterans for their patriotism and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. In attendance was the Governor General of Belize, British High Commission, BDF Commander and members of the BDF, BATSUB and the Belize Coast Guard. Bernard Adolphus, president, of the Ex-service men league, shared with Love News the importance of honoring to these veterans who served in World War 1 and 2.
Bernard Adolphus, President, Ex- Servicemen’s League: “It’s an organization. It’s a voluntary organization which consists of branches throughout the country. Some are small some are large. Each branch has a chairman plus other members who look after the veterans. The idea is as a result of World War I which was in 1914-1918 and incidentally it’s 100 years since we are celebrating the Poppies and then there was a second war 1939-1945 and those men and women who are still alive, just a few left who are alive, what we do we assist them with help from Canada and with help from the UK. Yesterday, Sunday, we celebrated the 74th year of remembrance of these men and that was done at the Memorial Park where the officials were out there like the Governor General and the Chief Justice, Mr.Perdomo who represented the Prime Minister and Mrs. Garbutt who represented the National Security Minister and others like the High Commissioner of Britain was out there. That was the official part yesterday in remembrance of those people who have lost their life and everybody wore the Poppy and the Poppy is a symbol of the blood that was lost in Flanders Field so hence the reason the Poppy has been adapted. Because of that adaptation what is happening here every time a member of the public purchases a Poppy it is for helping the veterans, those who are in need , those who are in need and that’s what we do. So every time you buy a Poppy it helps us tremendously to support and help them; sometimes it’s medication, food, diapers and it’s not only the male it’s for both sides because we had men and women over there. Belize, we should be proud of what our veterans did for this country, the example they set for all of us. As I understand it I think this morning the Belize Defense Force and the BATSUM celebrated the wreathing.”
There are currently nine veterans still living in Belize, however suffering from old age.