Every year, the Belize Ex Services League commemorates veteranís week to pay homage to those veterans who contributed and played a role in World War one and two. A memorial service was held on Sunday to highlight the event and Bernard Adolphus, President of the Belize Ex Services League told us more.
Benard Adolphus, President of the Belize Ex Service League
ďSo what we did in Belize, reference to all of the commoner countries too because itís on the 11th because some people believe that itís on the 14th, itís on the 11th when the treaty was signed. 11th hour on the 11th month we celebrate. Normally itís on a Sunday but because it fell mid- week the thirty of us decided ok the Sunday before the 11th which was the 7th. Hence the reason we gathered together the diplomatic quo, the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice, the commissioner of Police and others. The bell guides, they were out there and we paid homage... the service was held under Bishop Wright from the Roman Catholic Church and father Valentine conducted the service and we had the Belize Defence Force was in attendance and also the Coast Guard was in attendance plus others. And that was important for all of us to see all the Belizeans out there in remembrance especially in particular those in the British legion, plus members of the fallen and that is important too because without the fallen members we are nothing. The family members that supported came forward and paid their respect and then we have the ex services league and members of the family laying their cross at the end of the ceremony. Prior to that we have the Prime Minister and dignitaries put down reefs at the monument. Richard, Hurricane Richard destroyed... well, the top 4 feet is destroyed completely. So we are trying to seek funds to try and replace that because that is important and symbolic to those people who have gone ahead of us.Ē
Veterans Day will officially be observed on Thursday, November 11th.