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Veterans of the Guyana Defence Force were honoured  at the Traditional Wreath Laying Ceremony on the observance of the Force’s Day for Veterans on  November 16.

Colonel General Staff, Colonel Bruce Lovell who gave brief remarks acknowledged that saying thanks is not enough for all the sacrifices that the veteran servicemen and women have made. In this regard, he noted that the Force has a responsibility to ensure what the contributions of those who served are not   forgotten.  “The contributions you made for this nation did not end when you took off your uniforms, and as a nation, we still have obligations to you… making sure that you live comfortable lives after your service,” Colonel Lovell said.

 

The GDF has made significant efforts to provide for ex-servicemen and women with the      construction of the Veterans’ Hospice at Lamaha Springs as well as the setting up of a Veterans Affairs office at Base camp Ayanganna which aims to  cater for the full administrative needs of veterans.

Col (ret’d) Carl Morgan who responded on   behalf of the veteran community remembered the early days of the GDF and referred to the words; “born of our     sacrifice, heirs of our pains”, from the national Anthem which he said was fitting to describe what veterans endured as servicemen. He called for the rebuilding of the military museum which he said was integral to the Force’s history.

Col Lovell , Morgan as well as other representatives of the Veteran Community laid wreaths to symbolically honour Veterans.