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Thursday, November 5, 2009 – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, has saluted the many men and women who served during the two world wars.


In her annual national address in commemoration of Veterans week, the Governor General spoke to the importance of honouring the many war heroes both deceased and alive.


Remembrance Day will be celebrated on Sunday, where tribute will be paid to the war veterans who stood up to fight for the peace that mankind enjoys today.


“In a collective act of remembrance we pay tribute to them once a year at our cenotaphs. We lay reefs at the foot of those cenotaphs, blood red poppies reminiscent of those that grew up in the fields of Flanders, where so much of their blood was spilled to secure the peace we now enjoy, and take so much for granted.”


This year, as part of Remembrance Day celebrations, special tribute will be paid to the former head of the Ex-service League, Mrs Dorothy Pilgrim.

The Governor General says Mrs Pilgrim who is now deceased, was a true patriot for the cause of war veterans.


“For as long as many of us can remember, Mrs Pilgrim kept the faith and the promise to see about the welfare of her colleagues. Although she has left them now, the torch has been passed on to others. We pray God's mercy on her, for her stewardship among the veterans and in the name of the Saint Lucia Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Service League.”


Saint Lucians are being urged to wear poppies in respect and honour of the many war heroes.


Citizens are also asked to take part in the Remembrance Day Parade at the Derek Walcott Square, on Sunday, from 8 a.m. This will be followed by the annual reception for members of the Ex-Service League at the prime minister's official residence.

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