Remembrance Day 2018: Jamaica


Yesterday I spent a lot of time thinking about my ancestors who served in one or both world wars – especially my grandfather, who served in both. My thoughts were disturbed by the U.S. President’s disgraceful behaviour on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in France. What a rotten character he is. I now wish we had joined this observance of Remembrance Day at National Heroes’ Park in Kingston. But thank you so much for capturing the moment so beautifully, Susan!

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Things come to your notice in a variety of ways, some of them unexpected. I was reminded of the Remembrance Day ceremony at National Heroes Park by a Ministry of National Security tweet on Friday.MNS tweet re JDF Remembrance Day rehersal - 9-11-18

Today being the hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day and never having been before, I decided to go to the memorial ceremony. There was adequate parking at National Heroes Park, and as I walked inside the entrance, I was encouraged to make a donation to the Annual Poppy Appeal, which I did.IMG_20181111_194635_resized_20181111_074759473 - Remembrance Day 2018 poppies

While I was waiting for the ceremony to begin, I saw a gentleman walking around with poppies and heard him telling someone at the end of the row I was sitting in that he was 85 and that people called him the Poppy Man. I intended to speak with him at the end of the ceremony to ask his name, but unfortunately I didn’t…

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7 thoughts on “Remembrance Day 2018: Jamaica

  1. Thank you so much for this post. As a child growing up on the island there was a lot I did not know about our service men that served in the war. I do remember purchasing poppies for fun and just playing with them. I also remembered walking through Hero’s Park and seeing the monument in your post but had no idea what it stood for. Thank you very much for the informative post. I will share this most of all with my son so he can know his history.

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    1. Dear Chris: Thanks so much for your comment, and so good to hear from you again. Yes, I think many young Jamaicans are not aware of the service and the sacrifice for the “mother country”… So far away. There are other monuments in Jamaica, quite a few in fact. When I am on the road I will look out for them. One in Chapelton, Clarendon caught my eye recently. I took a couple of photos. I am SO glad you are going to share this with your son. Thank you and wishing you all the best!

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