Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, in a message to mark Remembrance Day, has urged his countrymen to foster peace and seek friendship and harmony.
“On this Remembrance Day, this centenary of the ending of the first major conflict of the world, let us resolve first and foremost, to forever foster peace among ourselves, to seek friendship and harmony at all times, and then attempt to replicate these principles in our Caribbean region and the rest of the world,” Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page.
“We must always remember that our welfare as a people is forever entwined and that there is greater merit in seeking unity and consensus rather than confusion and chaos. If there is one consolation in all this, it is in the often-expressed hope that good always triumphs over evil,” the PM observed.
He noted that every year at this time, Saint Lucia joins others in the rest of the free world to honour and pay respects to those who sacrificed their lives for them in the two world wars.
According to Chastanet, the occasion is aptly referred to as Remembrance Day.
He explained that this year’s commemoration has added significance as it marks the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War.
The PM stated that exactly one hundred years ago, this Sunday, a treaty came into force ending fighting on land, sea and air between the Allies and their opponent, Germany.
“One hundred years later, Remembrance Day continues to be an occasion for great international nostalgia, as we re-enact somewhat that moment in time when nations stood toe to toe to defeat a mighty enemy. It was a costly conflict that resulted in more than 15 million fatalities. I am truly humbled by today’s events and I thank you once again on behalf of the Government for your service to your country and the world,” Chastanet said.