Remembrance Day - Lest We Forget!

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice [Stoppage of Arms] Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Remembrance Day is observed on November 11th [or the Sunday closest to this date] to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month," in accordance with the Armistice [Peace agreement] signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente or Alliances of The French Republic, British Empire and Russian Empire, among others. The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on November 7, 1919 as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I and this understanding extended to those who lost their lives in the World War II 1939-44. The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders [which spans from Southern Belgium to Northwest France] in World War I, their brilliant RED colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

Closer to home on May 10, 1980, Her Majesty’s Battle Ship [HMBS] Flamingo attempted to arrest two Cuban fishing vessels, the Ferrocem 54 & 165 for poaching [or fishing illegally] in Bahamian waters. In retaliation, two Cuban MiG-21s invaded Bahamas airspace and fired on the patrol boat. The Cubans sank the ship with their 23 mm cannons, and fired upon Marines in peril on the seas of The Bahamas. Bahamian marine heroes Fenrick Sturrup, Austin Smith, David Tucker and Edward Williams were killed in the attack. Fifteen crewmen and the Commander made it safely to Duncan Town, Ragged Island, after being picked up by the very fishing vessels they had boarded. The poachers were convicted in July 1980, and the Cuban Government eventually admitted responsibility paying the Bahamian Government $10 million in compensation for the incident.

Posted on November 7, 2014 .