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Monday, November 9, 2009 – Prime Minister Honourable Stephenson King says his government is committed and sympathetic to the cause of war heroes who are still living.


Speaking at the annual reunion in commemoration of Remembrance Day, on Sunday, the prime minister committed to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between government and the Ex-service League.

The MOU will see government providing adequate financial and other support services to living war veterans and the families veterans who have passed on.


Prime Minister King says government views the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding as a matter of top priority.

“Under my leadership, the government of Saint Lucia is ever willing to assist the Ex-service League and the need to establish a Memorandum of Understanding is one we must pursue with haste. My pen and ink stands ready to sign the document whenever the Ex-service League and my officials can come up to an understanding and I do hope that we can arrive at that understanding sooner than later”.


Patron of the Ex-service League for the last twelve years, Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, saluted the war heroes for what she says were stellar contributions towards the realisation of peace for all mankind.


The contributions of the war heroes, the Governor General says, is deserving of greater national interest and support for Remembrance Day celebrations.


“If we all appreciate what this annual Remembrance Day celebration is all about, I am sure that we will make a greater effort next year and in the years to come, to recognise and acknowledge the timeless contributions of our war veterans,”

Dame Pearlette said.


In recognition of their service, the living war veterans were all presented with medals by the Governor General on behalf of the Queen of England.

The contributions of the fallen veterans were also recognised, along with other members of the Saint Lucia Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-service League.


Sunday's observance of Remembrance Day marked ninety-five years since the end of the Second World War, in which forty Saint Lucians served in the British Army. Only seven of those forty war heroes are still alive today.

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