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Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2021. 9:27 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Today is Day 2 of national mourning designated by Prime Minister John Briceno in honor of Belize’s 1st Governor General, Dr. Dame Minita Gordon.

This morning, a Cortège (Procession) is being held in Belize City.

The procession will be followed by the Lying in State of Dr. Dame Minita Gordon at the Government House, Belize House of Culture.

The state funeral procession will be held tomorrow.

The Prime Minister also requested that churches across Belize mark this solemn occasion by tolling church bells at 9:30 a.m. on January 20 to signal the start of the State Funeral Procession.

Dr. Dame Minita Gordon served as Belize’s first Governor General from 1981 to 1993.

Notably, she is the first woman in the Commonwealth to assume the role. 

 

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