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Belizean war hero celebrates 100 years: Breddah Rudolph Astar Middleton’s remarkable life

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2024. 7:29 am CST.

By Horace Palacio: According to The Amandala Newspaper, Breddah Rudolph Astar Middleton, a distinguished Belizean World War II veteran of Afrikan descent, recently celebrated his 100th birthday in grand style. The Belize Ex-Services League hosted a heartwarming celebration at the Ex-Services building on Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

Community leaders, fellow veterans, family, and friends gathered to honor Breddah Rudolph’s extraordinary life and service. Speakers shared memories and expressed gratitude for his contributions. The Belize Ex-Services League presented Breddah Rudolph with a certificate of appreciation.

Born in the Cayo District, Breddah Rudolph moved to Belize City at the young age of two. He described a childhood marked by discipline and respect for tradition. He shared insights into the social norms of his youth, emphasizing the values instilled in him by his parents.

Breddah Rudolph’s life took a momentous turn in 1942 when, at the age of 18, he joined the British Honduras Battalion. This unit comprised over 1,000 Belizean men who bravely served in World War II. He recounted the rigors of training and the extensive travels that took him from Belize to Jamaica, the United States, Iran, Italy, and Egypt.

Despite the passage of time, Breddah Rudolph’s spirit remains vibrant. He engaged in interviews, shared stories, and delighted in the festivities. Though his pace may have slowed, his zest for life remains undimmed.

Breddah Rudolph attributes his longevity, in part, to his mother’s guidance. He expressed a heartfelt wish for his 100th birthday: the clearing of a plot of land by the Coastal Road that was granted to war veterans.

 

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