ATCU Pathfinders Participate in Remembrance Day Ceremonies

By: Communication Department

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Countries in the British Commonwealth celebrated Remembrance Day on November 11, 2012. During this day, the servicemen and women who lost their lives during World Wars I and II are remembered for their sacrifice. The three countries that comprise the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) namely, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands each held various ceremonies in their respective countries.
In the Bahamas, the national event was celebrated with a church service at Christ Church Cathedral followed by the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in the Garden of Remembrance in downtown Nassau. The Pathfinder band along with the Pathfinders led a parade of a number of youth and civic organizations from Baillou Hill Road onto Bay Street and into the Garden for the short ceremony.

Also attending the event and taking part in the service was Pastor Leonard Johnson, president of ATCU. Mr. Percy Strachan, a veteran of World War II and president of the Bahamas Chapter of the British Legion, laid the wreath on behalf of its members. Mr. Percy Strachan is also member of the Hillview Church in the South Bahamas Conference. According to Adina Munroe, the administrator with the Office of the British Legion in the Bahamas, there are 49 veterans from World War II registered with the Bahamas Chapter. Pathfinders Tyler Rahming and Genique Ellis, also from the Hillview Church, laid the wreath on behalf of the Pathfinder organization.

Pastor Ivor Harry, youth director of the Cayman Islands Conference, reported that Pathfinders and the Pathfinder band in that conference participated in the national event held at the Elmslie Memorial Church, in front of the Memorial Cross, in Grand Cayman.

Pastor Andrew Burrows, youth director of ACTU, stated that each year the Pathfinders count it an honor to participate in the event, as it gives young people the opportunity to appreciate the sacrifices made so that citizens may enjoy the freedoms they have today.


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