Thursday, September 29, 2022

PM Urges Saint Lucians To Pay Tribute To ‘Our War Heroes’

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet urged Saint Lucians Sunday to  pay tribute to ‘our war heroes and keep them and their families in our prayers’, in a message to mark Remembrance Day.

The day commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

“Once again this year, on this second Sunday in November, the world honours and pays our respect to those who lost their lives defending our liberty in the two great world wars,” Prime Minister Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook, page.

He recalled that last year’s observance was particularly nostalgic since it marked the 100th. anniversary of that occasion.

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But he expressed the view that every Remembrance Day is momentous as people remember the two times in world history when nations, with common purpose, stood together against oppression.

“We in Saint Lucia have reason to proudly join this annual observance because of the roles played by our country in these conflicts. Many died in the two wars from among more than 400, including women, who volunteered for service in the British Army,” Chastanet observed.

He noted that the United States had two military bases in Saint Lucia, one in Gros Islet and the other in Vieux Fort during the second world war.

Chastanet recalled that one night in 1942 a German submarine entered the Castries harbour and torpedoed two ships moored there, killing 20 people including 16 West Indians.

He disclosed that Saint Lucians served in the British Air Force, the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy and the Auxillary Territorial Service.

“Some like Karl LaCorbiniere, brothers Allan Bousquet and JMD Bousquet later served in the parliament of Saint Lucia. It is interesting to note that there were two other Bousquet brothers, Leo and Charles Bousquet, all from Soufriere, who served in World War II.”

The PM said over the years, the number of Saint Lucian war veterans still with us have understandably been diminishing.

“We are fortunate to still have some of these brave souls with us, reminding us of their courage and valour in the service and defence of their country and the world,” he said.

“Unfortunately this year, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are not able to have the traditional military parade and wreath-laying ceremony. But it gives us a special opportunity to ponder on the great sacrifice which they made to keep Saint Lucia and the rest of the world free, a freedom that we continue to enjoy to this day,” Chastanet stated.

The Facebook post was accompanied by a list of over twenty names of locals who were killed in action and a 2019 photo of the PM in attendance at a Remembrance Day observance.

Headline photo courtesy Chris Sansbury

 

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