By Aaron Humes: In a tradition kept up since the end of the First World War in 1918, Remembrance Day, also known as Veterans’ Day and Armistice Day, was observed today by the Belize Defence Force (BDF) and British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB).
At the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” at Price Barracks, Ladyville, there was a short wreath-laying ceremony. The BDF noted on social media today that it is not an official national holiday, but a memorable one nonetheless: “we not only pay tribute to fallen soldiers of the war but also to our very own soldiers who lost their lives while still in the service of the Belize Defence Force. We thank you, and we salute you as we salute those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”
The Commonwealth nations including Belize share this date to mark the end of hostilities between the Allies and Germany in Europe, ending World War I. More than 70 million fought for either side, of which between nine and 13 million died, many without a known grave. The red poppy, replicas of which are often sold in the run-up to Remembrance Day, is an official symbol of the date.
Official ceremonies were to be held as per normal on the Sunday closest to November 11 but they were postponed by the Belize Ex-Services League due to Hurricane Lisa and will be held this Sunday, November 13.
A “Run of Remembrance” will be held on Saturday for military veterans in Belmopan, ending at the Governor General’s Field off the Ring Road.
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